How to Talk Back to Your Boss

October 21, 2007

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Sharing your true thoughts and opinions with the “higher ups” can be a little frightening, and could even jeopardized your career if done incorrectly. When approaching management your best bet is to make sure you do it with a positive attitude.

You don’t have to like what’s going on, but a bitchfest is rarely your best option. Instead, always come at a problem with the goal of solving it. Anybody can spot when things are going badly, but only leaders do something about it.

This interesting article lists 5 things to consider when approaching management. I particularly like number 2:

2. Be solution-oriented.

When speaking up to your boss, resist pointing out problems until you’ve thought through a possible solution. “We tell our junior staff not to come forward with a problem unless they also bring ideas on how to solve it,” she says.

You don’t have to have all the answers. But offering a few possible solutions is a great way to remind everybody that you’re all on the same team.

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