Co-opt Your Boss
Remote reporting is your reality. You have begun to make it work, by doing things you have control over. It is now time to take it to the next level. Co-opt your boss in the process! Here are simple tips to do that.
Tip 1: Be Subtle: Subtlety & persistence are a powerful combination. For example, if your remote boss habitually schedules video conferences at midnight, you may consider setting up a wall clock, showing local time, just over your shoulder. Or, you may slip in, “My day will begin in a few hours, and I will attend to this, first thing.” Chances are he/she will take the hint.
Tip 2: Be Purposeful: Everyone, including your boss, is accountable for results. Leverage this. Preface your verbal and e-mail briefings with “To achieve — — result or complete — — project or solve __ __ problem, I propose — —.” First, this will reassure your remote boss that you are in alignment with the results he/she is chasing. Second, you will highlight your goal-oriented work ethic.
Tip 3: Manage Expectations: Satisfaction = %age of Expectations Met. Manage both creation and meeting of expectations. Remember, it is better to be a tiger in execution than planning! On operational matters, periodically list out priorities and e-mail it for review. On projects, share key milestones, decision/review gates. Be explicit with own understanding of priorities and be open to boss’s inputs and revisions.
Remote reporting is here to stay. Get ready for it. First, do all that is within your control. Then co-opt your boss. It will be a WIN, WIN, WIN for you, your boss and the organization.
– by Ravi Santhanam for Zeus