Coaching Up

A lot of nurse managers and leaders ask me how they can have better relationships with their bosses. The question comes in different forms, but the essence remains the same. See if you identify with any of these examples:

  • “I need resources to get the job done, but every time I approach my boss, she is preoccupied, doesn’t listen, or just says ‘no.’”
  • “My boss means well, but he doesn’t understand what’s going on in my unit.”
  • “I do a good job, and I feel like I’ve ‘tried everything’ to please my boss. Still, she seems to have made up her mind about my work, and her conclusion is negative.”
  • “I am doing well in my position. My boss encourages and believes in me. I have the potential to do a lot more, and I’d like for my boss to mentor me, but she is so busy that I hesitate to ask.”
  • “My boss micromanages me.”
  • “I don’t like my boss’ values. All she thinks about is managing to the bottom line.”
  • “Despite my best efforts, I can’t seem to communicate successfully with my boss (or the board or the CEO).”

These and other variations on the theme of strengthening our relationships with our bosses come up again and again in my executive coaching sessions…Read The Full Article

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