"What are your boss’s ‘hot buttons’?" author Paul Sloane writes in the article. "What are the issues that really worry [them]? [Are] they motivated by pride, ego, money, career advancement, power, recognition, or do they want an easy life?"
By figuring out what outcome your boss is looking for in your work, you'll be able to frame your ideas in a way that caters to what he or she needs. You can also think of fresh ideas that will suit both your boss's and your sensibilities.
For example, if you know your boss wants big projects that could also step up his career, emphasize what parts of your idea will give him this. If your boss is the type of person who makes sure all approved projects adhere strictly to the company's vision and mission, play up the points in your idea that do so. You don't have to give up on your views to have your idea approved, but be willing to compromise and take your boss's input into consideration.
[Click here to read "9 Ways to be Innovative When Your Boss Isn't" on Lifehack.org]
Want more tips for making yourself more productive at work? Try these:
- Work Efficiency Tip: Focus on Tasks, Not the End Goals, for Productivity
- Mission Accomplished: Define Your Goals to Achieve Them Faster
- Get It Over and Done With: Do the Tasks You Dread First for Workplace Happiness
- Problem Solved: Write a Worst Case Scenario to Help You Fix Crises
- Work Efficiency Tip: Ask for and Give Clarification to Avoid Setbacks
- Work Efficiency Tip: Schedule Meetings in the Afternoon to Boost Productivity
- Watch Yourself: Know Your Peak Hours to Be a Better Worker
- Get a Head Start: Optimize Your Commute Time for a More Productive Day
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