Saturday, December 18, 2010

How to Bring Out the Best in Your Boss

I do not know about you, but I have had my share of challenging bosses, and I suspect more than a few of my direct reports thought I was "challenging" (to say the least).  In a refreshing blog, Liz Wiseman reminds us of how important is to not let our boss's difficulties get in the way of our own development and career success.

Liz puts bosses into two buckets --  "'diminishers', who get less than 50% of the capability of people around them, and 'multipliers' who get virtually 100%."  Unfortunately, as Liz writes, "Diminishers are all too common in the workplace."

Because trying to change a diminisher-type boss may be an impossible task, Liz recommends that we "focus on trying to better utilize your boss."  We do so by exploiting our bosses strengths and by listening to our boss (to learn from our boss).  Read the full post in the Harvard Business Review blog at: How to Bring Out the Best in Your Boss.

Perry Cone practices insurance, compliance and government law, and consults for in-house counsel, from the Tallahassee office of GrayRobinson. He writes from his perspective as a former general counsel, legal executive, and leader in the Florida insurance industry. Visit Perry's blog at

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