Read Related: Are You an Underearner?It sounds so simple—yet, how is it achieved? Well, it starts with following my 7 Workplace Principles, understanding your bosses’ management style and modifying your communication/behavior style to complement your boss’s style. Using these tips and tricks will help you be prepared for going to bat for what you want to achieve in your career. PRINCIPLE #1 • Schedule regular meetings with an agenda in advance. Really, we are talking about more meetings and agendas? When you approach your boss for a meeting to talk about a promotion, a raise, or a new program, you need to have an agenda and a schedule so that you can meet to decide, and not end up stuck in the review limbo. This is also a key element in building a management dialogue, because you want to meet with your boss on the same level, as two colleagues discussing a topic not a subordinate bringing a complaint—just like tattling in school, it will not benefit your plan in the long run.
As strong, intelligent women, we definitely have the resources and knowledge to be able to present new ideas, programs, problems or situations that we feel need to be addressed in our workplace. In negotiating any situation, we must first understand our bosses—research is important to negotiating, and in this case, we need to do our due diligence where our boss is concerned. Here is a secret that I have used and that I know will work for you: smart women learn how to actually manage their bosses, understand their perspective and motivations, so that they can align and frame their pitch to align with what their boss truly wants and needs.