Chapter 8. Your Boss Can Make (or Break) Your Reputation

When you feel you deserve a raise, when you need to resolve a conflict, or when you are ready for a promotion, who do you call on first? Whether you like it or not, it’s your boss.

In all but the smallest organizations, the person directly above you in the hierarchy has more influence over your career progression than anyone else, however much you nurture relationships with influential figures higher up. Your boss conducts your yearly review, assessing how you perform against targets. He or she also helps decide your bonus or raise. Less officially, your boss talks with lots of other people in the organization, in places where you are not. You need to make sure that your boss talks positively ...

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