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How to Coach by Jo Owen

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Chapter 5

Managing your boss

Your relationship with your boss is the most important one you have outside your family. But it is a very unequal relationship. Your boss can fire you, but you cannot fire your boss. If you mess up, you have a problem; if your boss messes up you will still have a problem. If you have a clash of styles, then you will suffer more than your boss.

Because we do not control our boss, who has great power over us, we often feel stress. But you are not powerless. Coaching is about discovering what can be done, and there is much you can do to manage your boss. You can, and should, influence the decision about who your next boss will be. And there is plenty you can do to influence your boss positively.

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