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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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Expect the Unexpected

Age and experience serve as sources for better anticipating what lies ahead. As twice-over British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said in the nineteenth century, “The expected always happens.” For the most part that’s true; it’s the unexpected that poses a problem.

That doesn’t mean you have to check under every rock or peer around every corner all the time to see what’s there. But you do need to take a regular sensing of what is occurring in your work world that you didn’t anticipate. Why? Because it’s smart. Moreover, it allows your reflexes to catch what’s coming your way.

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