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Never Let Your Boss Make a Mistake!

April 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 164

One of the very first things I was taught when I left school and started working at Arthur Andersen (before they were Accenture), was that you should never let your boss make a mistake. I've always appreciated that advice, and have tried to keep that in mind every workday for nearly the past thirty years - both as a supervisor as well as a staff person.

From a staff person's perspective, there have been times in my career when I knew I've had the answer, but I've seen my boss say something different in a meeting, or promise something to a client that we couldn't deliver - not because they were intentionally pushing the envelope, but because they simply had incorrect information. Nothing good ever comes out of those times, as you can imagine. Thus, I've strived ever since day one to make sure that if I had good information about an issue, a problem, project status - whatever it might be, that I would ensure my supervisor knew everything I knew.

And of course, this is good advice when you're sitting across the table as that supervisor, as well. A good boss knows that they need to surround themselves with talent, because there's no way a boss can do all the work of his staff people - and that becomes especially true as you progress up the corporate ladder. I've been very fortunate to have worked for some great supervisors in my career, and one of the traits that the best ones have always had is that they've listened to their staff people. I know that it's incumbent upon me as a supervisor to create an atmosphere that gives my staff the freedom to speak their mind, especially when they think we're heading down the wrong path.

No, that doesn't mean I want my staff questioning every single move I make. An organization can't function effectively built on 100% consensus, any more than it can function on 100% dictatorial powers. But, when I'm about to make a mistake, do I want them to stop me? Absolutely! Nobody wants their errors seen publicly, and when I've had a member of my staff pull me aside to give me wise counsel, I've been very appreciative of the embarrassment it's saved me.

So protect your boss from heading down that wrong path, or agreeing to unprofitable sales terms, or maybe something as small as a typo in a client proposal. You'll be glad you did, and your boss will appreciate it, too!

About The Author

Danny Carrao is the Managing Director of Prolumina. He invites you to see how Prolumina can help you prepare for trial and succeed in the courtroom by visiting http://www.prolumina.net for all of your jury strategy, trial technology, trial graphics, and litigation support services needs.

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