Our Corporate Life
November 25, 2014   •   Volume 5, Issue 24   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Bridging the Style Gap
Ask Amanda: A consultant is trying to tank me!
♦   Practical Tips: Cool It
Bridging the Style Gap

Managing up, or managing your boss, is a skill everyone needs to learn to be successful. This isn’t about blowing smoke or manipulation. Managing up means learning how to adapt to your boss’s working style so that expectations are managed, communication is clear, and any areas of potential friction are minimized.

Addressing work style differences can be tricky. After all, we all believe our own work style yields the best results. In this situation, however, you and your boss are mutually dependent. Your boss needs your new ideas, hard work, and cooperation. You need his direction, feedback, and support. It’s incumbent upon you, as the subordinate, to figure out how to bridge the gap between your work style and that of your boss.
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Thought to Ponder

You either operate by design or default.

Practical Tips: Cool It

“Stress is higher than it’s ever been before,” says Cynthia Ackrill, stress expert and board member of the American Institute of Stress, which conducts research on stress management. “We have people who don’t have a strategy for what life throws at them.” The holiday season adds social expectations to daily work life and the combination is often explosive.

Acting out when you’re stressed is not only exhausting, it’s contagious. 
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 ask Amanda

I just started a new job where I will be leading a department. Prior to my arrival, a consultant was doing my job. My boss is hands-off and the consultant is still there, making it difficult for me to be successful. Any ideas? P.S., Metuchen, NJ

Amanda Mitchell

First off, congratulations! What a great way to end 2014.

It’s not surprising that the consultant is making life difficult. After all, it’s in his best interest to be needed. Of course, it’s also short-sighted on his part since you could rehire him for other projects.
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