Managing up 101: How and When to Take Initiative at Work

Your supervisor keeps pushing off your latest check-in, but you could really use his or her feedback on a few projects.

You’ve identified some areas for innovation and would like to run them by your manager before you put your new ideas in motion.

You think shifting your schedule around and reordering your projects is the best course of action.


Hopefully, in any of these situations, you realize that you need to do two things — get on your boss’ calendar and then lead a discussion about the realities (and potentialities) of your workload. In other words, you need to “manage up.”


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