Managing your Boss | #86

You’re having a bad time at work and blame your boss. She’s a nightmare. But wait. Instead of complaining about it–which doesn’t change the situation–how about learning to manage HER? We call this “managing up” and it’s the key to getting sh*t done at work…and to your success over time. Managing those who have power over you is not just a work skill–it’s a life skill, and it can be learned. By listening to this show, for starters. Rachel and Suzanne have been there. And done that.

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Claiming your expertise | #85

When someone asks you, “What do you do?” you go right to your job title, and possibly even say something self-deprecating as a chaser. But that’s not the way to claim your expertise, or your power in the room. Here’s a hint at what you’ll hear on this podcast: your expertise is a far bigger piece of territory than you think. It’s the skills, talents, insights and experience that you’ve accumulated over time, and now it’s just about claiming that package. Rachel and Suzanne help you fill out a “claims report” that will help you talk about your expertise in an entirely new way.

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Planning for that difficult conversation | # 83

You are anticipating a difficult conversation, so you have the whole narrative figured out. You’ve painstakingly scripted both sides of the conversation. The bad news: it NEVER goes the way you think it will, and you’ve wasted your time and energy for nothing. The good news: help is on the way. Listen in as Rachel tries to counsel Suzanne on this issue, and proves that she is a better podcast host than behavioral psychologist (or maybe Suzanne is just a terrible patient).

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