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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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Provide the Boss Some Cover

In the military vernacular, cover means to lay down a base of firepower so that a comrade can more easily advance on a line of attack toward the objective. A more conventional use of the term is to protect oneself or another person against the elements, whatever they may be.

Most of us are smart enough to look at what lies before us so that we don’t trip, or we know what’s around the corner so that there are no surprises. We do it for our kids so that they don’t get injured or for our partners so that they aren’t harmed. But when it comes to the boss, we too often relax our guard because we assume the boss is self-sufficient; ...

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