#OneSimpleThing – Give a Hand



It’s Monday, y’all!

For this week’s #OneSimpleThing installment, we’re giving some thought on how you can help your boss.

Yep, your boss.

You might be wondering why our focus is on the boss today, when our #OneSimpleThing focus is on finding your passion and developing yourself. Well, your direct supervisor is a gateway to growth and development in your organization. Chances are, however, that even bosses with the best of intentions find themselves letting “work win” – and sadly, developing employees can fall on the priority list.

So, let’s help those bosses out, shall we?

Those who follow the 70-20-10 model will agree that much of workplace learning is active. On the job. Social. So, what can you take from that model to help your boss that will, in turn, be a development exercise for you?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Offer to attend a standing meeting in your supervisor’s place; follow up with him/her afterward
  • Ask if you can contribute to a project in which your boss is involved
  • Request a “stretch” project or assignment that takes something off the boss’ plate (and aligns with a business objective)
  • Ask for feedback – not just during your annual performance review
  • Know your boss’ goals and deadlines – look for ways you can help him/her achieve them
  • What does your boss dislike? Offer to take it off his/her plate!
  • With whom does your boss interact? Ask to be introduced, and learn more about what those people do

Your #OneSimpleThing challenge this week: Talk with your supervisor about your development. Discuss ways that you can help make his/her job a little easier, in a way that will help you learn, develop and grow. After your conversation, leave a comment here on the blog and let us know how you plan to help your boss!


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