Managing Upwards

by Ian Saunders

What about your boss’ boss?

Having found out about your boss’ role and accountabilities, what about their boss?

The idea about scalability – or ‘Russian dolls’ (things fitting one inside another) – is important within organisations. While it is not possible for everything to be neat and tidy, it’s valuable to have a sense of connectedness.

Go and talk to your boss’ boss (remember to consider styles and differences – asking your boss about their boss can be a valuable exercise on its own).

Considering your boss’ boss is a part of the 25 per cent of your time that you will benefit from spending on managing upwards.

Key tip

If you help your boss to support their boss, you may be clearing the path above you and so enhance your prospects.