|Bosses, Teachers, & Coaches|
In some ways good bosses and good teachers are similar. Both are trying to help you grow, increase your abilities. A priori they know more than you do and will have a hard time investing energy in you until they see you acknowledge that.
Neither a boss nor a teacher can succeed if you fail. So you have a common agenda: your success. You must also see this as a win-win situation...so you must succeed in a way that makes your boss or teacher look great.
With this in mind, here are two pieces of advice:
1.) Don't try to trump, out-do, out-guess, or beat the ideas of your boss or teacher until you have reliably demonstrated that you can reproduce his/her decision process. Only after you've earned respect and confidence will you have the right to go further. When you really do go further, it's the greatest reward a boss or teacher can ever get.
2.) Don't let your boss or teacher ever be surprised. Even with good news. You are not in a win-win situation with a superior if you withhold information. They should feel fully confident that anything they might want to know will come from you.
© 2002 Michael E. Doherty