Managing Up


  • Understand the benefits of managing up
  • Determine your manager’s preferred working style
  • Clarify what you need from your manager in order to accomplish your work
  • Identify what currencies you bring that are important to your manager
  • Align yourself with what is important to your manager

Course Outline

  • Introductions
  • Application: Defining the partnership with your boss
  • Presentation: What does managing up mean?
  • Presentation: Four Steps to Managing Up
  • Application: Get a Common Understanding of Goals
  • Presentation: Aligning Work Styles
  • Application: Work Style Alignment Inventory
  • Presentation: Tips on Aligning Work Styles
  • Presentation: Determining What You Need
  • Application: Identifying What You Need from Your Manager
  • Presentation: Developing a Mutually Beneficial Relationship
  • Application: Developing an action plan
  • Presentation: Alignment Checklist
  • Wrap-Up

Note: Although this course was originally developed to meet the needs of employees as they try to work better with their manager, it can be easily adapted to the needs of individuals who work in a team environment.