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Dari “The McKinsey Way”: Make Your Boss Look Good!

Posted in Pencerahan by efendi arianto on June 24, 2007

If you make your boss look good, your boss will make you look good. That’s the quid pro quo of hierarchy.

In any hierarchical organization, the most important person in your world, day in day out, is your boss. When you work in teams, away from the main office, in a distant city or foreign country, that importance increases by an order of magnitude. Your boss may be the only person in your organization who can see you. You’d better make her happy. The best way to do that is to make her look good.

Making your boss look good means two things. Firstly, it means doing your job to the best of your ability. Clearly, if produce high-quality work, it will make your boss’ job easier. Second, make sure your boss knows everything you know when she needs to know it. Keep the information flowing. Make sure your boss knows where you are, what you are doing, and what problem you may be having. At the same time, don’t overload her with information. Think about what your boss needs or wants to know. Use a well-structure e-mail or voice mail to convey the information.

Getting this things right helps you as much as it helps your boss. To paraphrase a famous hairdresser, if your boss look good, you look good.

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