Our Corporate Life
December 10, 2013   •   Volume 4, Issue 25   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    

Holiday Hiatus - We’ll Be Back in 2014!

In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Seeing Through Your Boss’s Eyes
Ask Amanda: My client thinks I’m being confrontational but I’m not! Suggestions?
♦   Practical Tips: Remembering Names
 
Seeing Through Your Bossís Eyes

As you go up the career ladder, you may realize that you made mistakes earlier in your career because you didn’t appreciate what the view was like from the perspective of your boss. Maybe you leaned on your boss too much because you had a personal relationship with her, but now you realize that while mentoring is all well and good, bosses have jobs to do as well. Or maybe you didn’t use the best judgment when deciding to involve your boss in your work, and now you realize how lucky you were to report to someone who was so patient. Now that you have direct reports yourself, you can avoid these mistakes by training others on how to best interact with you. It will make your life easier and your work environment better.

Be clear with your direct reports regarding your expectations. If they have potential solutions to a problem and need a decision from you, tell them they better have a point of view and a good, solid recommendation before walking into your office.
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Thought to Ponder

Create your own reality.

  
Practical Tips:
Remembering Names

Even at the best of times it can be a challenge to remember someone’s name. Throw in the holidays with lots of social activity and it can be virtually impossible to do so. According to a study conducted at the Cerebral Lateralization Laboratory at Montclair State University in N.J., making a fist helps you remember.

Clench your right hand while trying to remember something and clench your left hand when trying to recall it. The hypothesis is that clenching your right hand stimulates the left side of the brain, which creates memories, while the left hand engages the right side of the brain, where memory is retrieved.

Thanks to Bottom Line Personal for that little tidbit!

    
 ask Amanda
Question:

My client perceives every question I ask as "pushback" and it's making our relationship tense. My role is to provide counsel and often I'm just clarifying to make sure I heard correctly. I've tried everything but so far the only thing that has changed is now she makes me feel guilty on top of everything else! What should I do? M.K., Chicago, IL

Amanda Mitchell
Answer:

It sounds like your client is very sensitive and perceives your questions as challenges to her authority. Many people react to tone rather than content or intent. Try making statements and weighing her responses, instead of questioning her directly.
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