Does making your boss happy feel like a complete mystery? You never know if you’re on the right track or headed for disaster.
It would be so much easier if you didn’t struggle to understand each other, right?? Don’t give up or quit.
What you might not realize is that you have to work at job satisfaction. It doesn’t just happen. It’s sometimes a slow, meandering, messy process. You have to strengthen relationships at work and build communication skills.
One of the best ways to get more job satisfaction is to be proactive! When you know what your boss wants, you can make sure you’re doing it.
Your boss is happy, then you’re happy, so you’re more productive, so your boss is happy… See how that works? 😉
When you demonstrate the skills and attitude your boss wants, you’ll be more successful and make an impact.
Here are the 10 things your boss really wants from you:
(1) Be Curious.
Ask great questions. Show you care and that you’re engaged.
(2) Be Dispassionate & Professional.
Show your maturity. Be aware of others and think before you react.
(3) Over Deliver.
Give more than demanded by your job’s responsibilities. Show your dedication.
(4) Present a Solution with a Problem.
When you point out what’s not working, offer a solution or suggestion. Be positive and action-oriented.
(5) Collaborate & Connect.
Strengthen relationships with your peers and managers. Work cooperatively.
(6) Be Open to Feedback.
Even if feedback is delivered poorly, look for the lesson. Don’t take it personally.
(7) Focus on the Bigger Goal.
It’s not just about your part. Think about the whole team, project, or process.
(8) Resist Instant Gratification.
Invest in your position. Resist distractions. Don’t give up when things are hard.
(9) Be Skill-Oriented.
Talk about your career fulfillment in terms of what skills you need to acquire. Find out how you can grow in your position and contribute more.
(10) Have Patience.
Your career will unfold. There will be time to set bigger goals, take on more leadership, and work toward that raise. Do one thing at a time and do it well.
And Remember…”Progress is impossible without change. Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
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