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Ways and Means for Managing Up: 50 Strategies for Helping You and Your Boss Succeed by F. William Smullen

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Anticipate the Boss’s Thinking and Decisions

There are numerous ways to determine what the boss is thinking or saying about what is happening in the life of the company. The most obvious approach to knowing is to ask him or her a relevant question. The next best is to be in the same room as the boss when that thinking comes to life so that you have a view from above.

Bearing witness to those words may come in the form of a one-on-one session, or the call to a staff meeting, or even a happenstance moment when you’re in the same place as the boss. No matter how it happens, it’s wise to pay attention to what’s being said. If the meaning is unclear, ...

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