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The First-Time Manager in Asia by BH Tan

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HOW TO BUST THE MYTHS AND MANAGE YOUR BOSS

1. The relationship between a boss and her subordinate is one of mutual dependence

Both need each other to succeed. If you, the subordinate, senses that the relationship is bumpy, be proactive. It is you who must begin to manage it! Don’t wait for her to approach you. By then, it may be too late. Trust your intuition.

2. Your boss is not a super being who knows all and sees all

Like you, she is fallible. She also has insecurities and blind spots. Like you, she has a boss who may have high expectations of her. She is likely to be under pressure and is struggling to cope. In fact, her challenges will be greater than yours. When strange and contradictory instructions come from her, don’t assume that it ...

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