In this Harvard Business Review collection, Managing Up, 2nd Edition, you can reflect on John Kotter and John Gabarro’s classic article on Managing Your Boss, explaining the importance of understanding your manager’s goals and objectives, pressures and issues, strengths, weaknesses and blind spots and preferred work style.
Undertake a straight forward interactive self-assessment tool from UOW KnowHow to help you assess your current status in your relationship with your manager, together with a template to create a personal action plan.
This article from UOW KnowHow outlines four specific measures you can take to cultivate a productive working relationship with your manager.
Launch this video from Lynda.com on Managing Your Manager to really go into some detailed analysis on what you need to do.
Lastly, here’s a provocative article that suggests we shouldn’t be managing up at all! Whatever your interpretation of what managing up means, it shouldn’t mean manipulation or grovelling as discussed in Mike Myatt’s article.