Friday, August 5, 2005

Managing your boss

HBR January 2005 - by John J Gabarro and John P Kotter

The origin of this article is also an article by the same authors dated back 25 years ago. The authors John J. Gabarro and John P. Kotter introduced a method to view and manage the Manager-Boss relationship. Since the article was published it was said that it has improved the practice of management and the advices given have helped Managers, and improved the bottom line of corporations.

What Is Managing Your Boss?
The theory behind the need for managing your Boss is that the Manager-Boss relationship is about mutual dependence of the participants. This relationship in its simplest form is about two way traffic of mutual dependence. The sad fact is that the subordinate in this relationship has higher stake than the Boss. If the Manager does not handle the relationship properly he could lose a promotion, company/team performance affected or even fired. The article first used an example of Frank Gibbons (Boss) and Philip Bonnevie (Manager) to illustrate the point. Bonnevie never had experienced a difficult Boss like Gibbons before and a series of misunderstandings between them have caused the company big money and Bonnevie's career. It Is All About Communication and Know Your Partner in the Relationship. Some people believe that there is not much mutual dependence in the Manager-Boss relationship. To understand this one has to know that Boss is also fallible human being like the Manager himself, and more importantly:

  • The Manager must have a good understanding of his boss and himself, especially on strengths, weaknesses, work styles, and needs.

  • Utilize the information from the above point to develop and manage a healthy working relationship – one that's compatible with each other's styles and assets and meets the most critical needs of the other person.

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