If you thought office was all about saying ‘Yes Boss’ and nodding your head and simply doing what your Boss asked you to do – grow up!
Doing something just because you’ve been told to do so, even if you have a different way of doing it, is not going to help anyone. Instead, when you start putting your views forth and discuss why you think there are better ways and share what you have in mind, that’s when you, and your organization, including your boss, will actually grow.
Also, the most important fact here is that while this is something you should do, you also need to continue being in the same organization, right? So be smart, put your point across, but just don’t get fired ya?
Understand their point and see how it is different from yours
Sometimes, your boss may ask you to do something, while you may have an entirely different take on it. But before you go ahead and start arguing about it, just take a moment to check whether there is some common ground. Is it a different method your boss wants, or do you have a different pitch altogether? If you think both the views are completely contradictory, speak up.
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Choose your battles and your debates
If your boss is smart, he or she will appreciate the fact that you are giving your opinion and understand that you have the brand’s positioning in mind. Hold on though. There are some who have an opinion, and there are some who just love to show the world that their way is the best way. Which of these is you? If you’re the first one, pick your issues smartly. Arguing with your boss is fine, but not about every decision they take. They are where they are because they are more suited than you in some ways, so respect that too.
Doing things without really knowing how they help your brand can help the work get done, but being more involved and taking some initiative can help the brand reach a notch higher and do more than may have been originally possible. Don’t just follow orders. Be more hands on, talk to your colleagues and your boss when you have something in mind and keep your communication channels open. While you argue, also make sure to show appreciation. And if you learnt something new from your boss, or thought they helped you in any way, make it heard and say thank you.
When your boss and your team see your genuine interest in the work and in the organization, it will help negate issues of conflict and people will see you more as a team player and someone to rely on, rather than someone to steer clear from.
And in the same breath, let me also take a moment here to give a shout out to my Boss, for all the fun knowledge he keeps throwing at us, and for being the silent taskmaster he is. Cheers boss.
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