Not all bosses are created equal. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll have an awesome boss throughout your professional career. Someone who leads by example and is active in your career development. Someone who ultimately wants to see you get promoted to a managerial position.
They’ll take you under their wing and show you everything you should know and do to successfully navigate your way through your career. But while they’ll show you what you should be doing, you can also learn from what they don’t do. (Click here to Tweet this idea.)
The following things will increase your productivity and establish you as an assertive, forward-thinking professional — just like your awesome boss:
1. Don’t drag out emails
Have you ever sent your boss a long-winded email, only to get a single-word response back? You’re not the only one. Attention spans are shrinking by the day. Everyone experiences content overload and skims through their morning news and weekly reports to get the information they need.
Emails are no different. Deleting excess words and getting right to the point is what managers do and expect. When emails are concise, it’s easier to understand the main objective and interpret exactly what’s being asked of the sender.
2. Don’t be afraid to push back
Your boss probably didn’t get to their current position by being passive. Somewhere throughout their career, they probably had to voice their opinion about the best way to implement a marketing strategy or give their feedback on how to improve inefficiencies.
One day, you may be tasked to complete a routine project you believe can be done differently, more efficiently or just better. It could involve pulling in an additional resource or approaching the project from a new angle. Whatever it may be, tactfully tell your boss what you’re thinking.
3. Don’t take “no” as “never”
Perseverance is as crucial to winning new business as it is to proving why you deserve a raise, promotion or other opportunities. In sales, managers are trained to overcome objections and not give up easily when they’re prospecting new clients. Not needing the product now doesn’t mean the prospect will never need it.
Being told “no” doesn’t always mean “end of story; get back to work” — and it shouldn’t be interpreted that way. Sometimes it means you’ve got to go back to the drawing board and re-strategize how to prove why you deserve to take the lead on that next big project.
4. Don’t forget about the competition
As technology and human behavior evolves, managers must think of ways to help companies keep up with the changing times and stay a step ahead of the competition.
Identifying ways to enhance your own skill set will continue to position you as a top candidate when new opportunities emerge. Whether that means creating your own blog to showcase your writing and creativity, or suggesting your company offer a workshop on public speaking, you’ve got to have a competitive advantage in today’s workforce.
What are some other things your boss doesn’t do that you can apply to your own career development?