Let’s face it. We all work for someone. Whether it’s your “boss”, the board, The Man…we all report to someone else. And we don’t know what they think of us, or whether they know what we do every day.
That’s what creates ambiguity, dampens productivity and can generate fear.
How do you deal with it? When you’re unsure of where you stand? Here are a few tips:
- Communicate, communicate, communicate. Whether it is a weekly email of accomplishments, or a daily 3 minute conversation on what is going on in the business or the project – do it. If your supervisor is a walk around type, use that “drive by” time to do the 3 minute drill on what’s going on. And for heaven’s sake, if there is bad news – get it to your supervisor as quick as you can. Bad news doesn’t age well. Just don’t be needy.
- Have a career plan. Unlike the 1950’s, or the government, odds are you will not work for the same company, doing the same thing, your entire working life. If you work in a corporate environment, you’re familiar with the annual budget and business plan. What about having one for you? If you know where you are going, and actively work towards that goal, it can give you inner peace – since you are working your plan, and not worrying so much about the day-to-day ambiguity that your supervisor, or company, may be generating.
- Find a mentor. This doesn’t mean enroll in the company program, or appear needy and tell your supervisor that you need a mentor – I mean, look around your company, the local community or social media and find a role model. With today’s technology, you can strike up a conversation with nearly anyone…or follow them on CNBC, WSJ, or industry press.
It’s all about having a plan, working the plan, and growing and developing yourself. If you are working your plan and communicating your good work to your supervisor, you don’t need to worry so much about the ambiguity and short sightedness of your company, your supervisor…or, if you are unfortunate enough to have one – The Boss.
Ultimately, no one is responsible for you – other than you. Go get it! I’m cheering for you!