image What is he trying to accomplish in this role?

If your boss is any good at all, he has an agenda; he’s trying to accomplish something big in his role. This is a good thing; you want him to have a vision for the department. If that vision aligns with yours, everything’s great. But sometimes his mission is hard to interpret and that’s when you need to dig deep to study his true intent.

Start by determining his philosophical views about your function or discipline. How does he see the field? Which experts does he respect and follow? Is he a traditionalist, or does he want to take the function in a new direction? Get a fix on how your boss looks at ...

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