elements for building success:
your Manager and their drivers
a power base
and defining a key project
a support structure
of these areas requires a conscious effort to maximize your chances
of success. How you approach each one can make all the difference.
why you want to invest the time and effort.
are two real examples of where your manager can either help or hurt
(not his real name) mentor was the CEO of his organization. Sam’s
career was in high speed and several years ago he was given a VP
role, reporting to the CEO. At the beginning of this year, the
CEO’s contract was not renewed and in the new structure, Sam is
now a Director reporting to a new VP.
His power, position and earning ability all drastically
reduced. Sam was a key
driver in making significant cost reductions that positively
impacted the bottom line, yet somehow his value was lost in the
(not her real name) was constantly locking horns with her Director.
In meetings with his peers, the Director would openly
criticize Kathy and another employee that reported to him.
He would make statements like “the only reason the are
still around is that they have expertise needed to move the company
through some tough challenges over the next several years.”
As part of planned changes, they were reassigned to another
Director. The new
Director soon discovered that they both brought value to the team
and organization, but needed support to develop their potential.
They are now off the “fire” list and are working with
their current Director on development plans.
to get started?
you start you need to understand your relationship with your
manager. Ideally it would be great to pick your boss, however if you
are not in that position, knowing where you stand gives you a better
chance of success.
Answer the following questions by thinking of concrete
examples that support your perception.
Is your boss climbing the corporate ladder or happy
where they are?
How does your boss align himself/herself within the
What are your boss’s top three objectives?
Does your boss guard his territory within the
What type of communication style does your boss have?
Does your boss understand and support your
you are not sure, go find the answers before you start working on a
designing a plan to improve your relationship.