Ever heard that term before? Are you working really hard, achieving exceptional things, and yet still somehow failing to move forward in your organization as quickly as you would like?
It may be that what you’re delivering isn’t what your boss expects. Managers and executives hoping to get ahead in the workplace often fail to deliver in ways that resonate with their managers and organizational leaders. Here’s a look at what you may be missing.
One of your most important objectives is to schedule a weekly time to meet one-on-one with your boss. Yeah, get that face time. Especially if you are not doing so now. These meetings should be scheduled for about an hour.
Why would you want to have a One-On-One Weekly Meeting with your boss?
The truth is the boss needs these meetings as much as you do. Yes, they do! Look at their life and schedule. This is an effective way for you to keep your boss informed and on top of things. Depending on their need for detail, this may be a generalized loose update or a more formal detailed interaction. Either way, you both gain from it.
The boss gets buried in meetings and responsibilities. This weekly meeting becoming a best practice brings the ability for the boss to stay plugged into more than what is right in front of them. Believe me, it gives them a level of comfort, knowing what is going on from someone else’s perspective.
If you know of something going on in the organization, let them know about it. NO! I’m not talking about snitching or gossiping, That will make you a pariah with your peers. What I’m proposing is keeping them informed on issues that are maybe getting overlooked.
Let me share a story from when I was a boss
One time a direct report came to me during one of our meetings and let me know about grumblings going on with one particular team regarding the microwave in the breakroom.
You see this team all went on lunch break at the same time. There were fourteen of them. Most brought their lunch to work. We had one microwave. Due to the lack of microwave capacity, they had to wait in line behind each other to gain access to the sole heating device.
This was making the ones at the end of the line to have to rush their meal once it was warm. Was this the most important thing for us to be focused on at the moment. Yes! Taking care of your employees is always a priority. The problem is you don’t always know what they need. Most will never complain to you. they will silently disengage and that is a detriment to your organization.
So I really appreciated this heads up. It was an easy fix, a few hundred bucks and we had 3 extra microwaves in the breakroom by the end of the day. On top of that, we had a team of fourteen who realized we cared about them in even the most simple way. Of course, I allowed him all the credit for the idea and he was much appreciated for that act. The fact is I would never have known about this and thus never would have done anything about it.
So keep in mind, the boss is busy. Many won’t suggest scheduling a meeting because their schedule is full. You have to bring it up and make an effort. Most bosses are willing to take the time if you are committed to making it valuable.
As for enhancing your career, when you start having one-on-one weekly meetings with your boss, you will find far more motivation to focus on “Big Picture” projects, which have a direct impact on the increased department and organizational growth and success. Isn’t that what the boss wants?
You should leave these meetings with the feeling that your plans, including your time allocations, are crystal clear to you, and you are on the same page as your boss. Now you are giving them what they want.
So often, direct reports avoid this interaction due to FEAR. False Expectations Appearing Real. Hey, if you are not confident enough to suggest and schedule this with your boss, then honestly, you are really not willing to commit to what it takes to advance your career.
The Truth is, a one-on-one meeting each week between you and your boss is essential to you making the best of your career
Why? There are several reasons you want to be a meeting with your boss. All have a benefit to you, and most have a benefit to your boss.
From my experience, the time I spent with my boss during these meetings was extremely beneficial to my education. I received an MBA from simply discussing business. We would discuss current issues that were specific to the business like sales, people, projects, and other challenges.
Sometimes we would simply discuss business in general. What was happening in the economy, news, and with competitors? During these interactions, I was able to not only learn business terms and philosophies that I was not well versed in but was also able to form a far more informed opinion on business-related topics.
Learning from their experiences and opinions was invaluable to me in my own development. The truth is I probably would have never gone out to seek some of the topics on my own. My curiosity peaked just being brought into a conversation. I loved this.
We also built a much better professional relationship.