Saturday, 28 July 2007

Tips on How to Get Positive Attention from Your Boss

Nothing will boost your climb of the corporate ladder like getting positive attention from your boss. Mind you, this is not as easy as it sounds. For a variety of reasons, bosses are hardwired to respond to problems, and thus much attention - albeit negative - is lavished on those who either create the problems or are affected by them, while those who do their jobs quietly, consistently, and without fail usually seem to disappear into the wallpaper.

Some have attempted to make up for this lack of notice by doing little favors for the boss. This is oftentimes dramatically embellished in office humor skids and plays as the "yes-man" who will fetch coffee, pick up the dry cleaning for the boss, and laugh at all of her or his jokes. Obviously, this will not get you positive attention from your boss - or coworkers - but instead may earn you quiet derision and snickering behind your back.

Tips on how to get positive attention from your boss usually focus on doing your job well, and coming up with great ideas. While this is true, there is a lot more to positive attention than just doing that for which you get paid.

Here are some tips that you may not across all that often:1. Find out what your boss' personality type is and learn how to deal with and impress such personalities. A type "A" personality must be treated differently than somebody who is laid back and relaxed. Similarly, while some bosses respond well to the little acts of service - coffee, dry cleaning, and so on - others will forever disrespect you because of it. Some bosses will respect you for speaking your mind while others will be horrified by this. Learn your boss' personality and use this knowledge to your advantage.

2. Be productive, not just active. It is never a good idea to be cooling your heels when the boss walks in, but showcasing a flurry of activity might backfire as well. You need to hone your productivity and find the quickest possible ways to get your work done. Then, after everything is finished and the boss runs across you perusing an industry magazine, white paper, or conducting research on the business on the Internet, you will be able to calmly showcase how everything has been taken care of and how you are now continuing to educate yourself about taking the business to the next level.

3. Stand out from the crowd by dress. This does not mean that you should wear pink pants and a blue polka dot shirt, but if you become known as the guy with the quirky (yet always tasteful and appropriate) ties or the gal with the out of this world (yet always tasteful and never too big) earrings, you will have created a bit of a niche. Since there is nothing objectionable to your mode of dress, your little eccentricity will intrigue your boss and she or he will want to know what might make you tick and how you think.

This is simple human nature that may garner you a lot of positive attention from your boss and co-workers as well. Obviously, if you are out to impress, you will need to have something with which to now take that attention you are given and work it in your favor.

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