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December 27, 2007


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I agree, #1 and #2 are pretty much the same. At my old job I knew my boss's ultimate goal was to have the company make lots of money. I worked supporting a part of the company that did exactly that. Because I knew his priorities, I said no to many other people, and him too.

We had several arguments about what should be done when he gave me projects and taskings for my team that I didn't feel were good for my team and the company. At the end of them I'd always win b/c I knew his priorities, and I just say "billy joe bob, if we do that, we'll take away support for our clients, and they're the ones making the money...if somethings changed, and we need to sacrifice helping them to make money for this, then I can do it, but otherwise, I don't think it's the right thing to do". He had to worry about office politics on a bigger scale than I did, so sometimes he'd start to loose track of the real goal, and was paying attention to the politics. Every now and then though he'd tell me that he knew it didn't seem like the right thing to do as far as my users and helping them to make money went, but we had to do it for political reasons. They really liked my integrity, and the fact that I stood up for what we were supposed to be doing, so I got promoted, and when I decided to leave (I relocated), all of management (my boss, his boss, and the bosses of my users) all tried to get me to stay. Just goes to show you that if you know what your boss and company really wants, and you stick to that, you'll do well.

Oh, and another tip....find out what your companies goal is. Even if your boss disagrees with you, if you can show how it benefits the company, and makes him look good, then they'll think you're doing a good job too. After all, what every boss really wants is to look good to his boss.

Brilliant.. I love this post. By far this is a must read and must keep for anyone with a boss.

Thanks for keeping your posts relevant for the everyday person. It is nice to find a financial blog that includes practical topics like this.

I look forward to reading more from you...

Juliet Sallette

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