When the boss says, “We should talk” you can feel the hair on your arms stand at attention because you know that you are about to be chastized. The anticipation can be agonizing.
In that moment of truth, try these 3 things to reduce the sting.
1. Adopt your boss’s point of view. You are all on a team with the goal of making the company more efficient and profitable. Identify the experience as a coaching session from which you can lean how to do those things better.
2. Ask questions to clarify the issue. Pause to think before you react. Its human to become defensive but a quick reaction probably won’t be an advantage. Ask how you can improve then set goals.
3. Identify the underlying problem. If you aren’t meeting deadlines, perhaps it is because you are using a different system of priorities or failing to prioritize at all. Everyone has time management difficulties from time to time. Do co-workers frequently drop new assignments on your desk or request your help in a way that makes completing your own tasks difficult?
When you have found the factors underlying problem, define a solution and talk to your boss so she knows that you have heard and are working to resolve the difficulty.
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