Today's episode is all about why it’s essential to understand your manager’s preferred communication style. How to think about and evaluate this and some tools and resources to help you explore this area of knowledge for yourself.
Resources discussed in this episode:
Being Indispensable Ep 32: Building A strategic partnership with your exec
Being Indispensable Ep 48: How to interview your boss to clarify expectations
Being Indispensable Ep 57: Five tips to help EA’s manage up
Being Indispensable Ep 64: Indispensable Skills: Managing your manager
HBR Article "Figure Out Your Manager's Communication Style"
Office Dynamics Communications Style Quiz
Fast Company article "These are 4 styles of communication that you need to know"
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The sixth in a series on POWER Skills for Indispensable Assistants. These are often called 'soft' skills but they are anything but soft.
I believe that you can be functionally competent and you can even be strategically competent and know who’s who in the zoo and understand the intangible power dynamics that operate in all organisations (both competencies are essential in my experience to being truly on your way to being perceived as indispensable). But if you soft skills are lacking or you're simply not investing in constantly developing them then you are missing the vital element that’s going to really allow you step into the space of being a truly indispensable assistant.
Resources discussed in this show: