One of the best ways to forge a strong relationship with your boss is to ask the right questions, including: "What can I be doing that's most helpful to you right now?"; "When is it due?"; and "How should I prioritize these tasks?" Find out how to meet and exceed their expectations.
- One of the great underappreciated skills … in the workplace is the ability to ask the right questions. … Here's one of them. … When I was working … as the New Hampshire communications director … on a presidential campaign, I had a staffer named Kumar, … who is the best person who ever worked for me. … Part of the reason was a question he asked. … "What can I be doing that's most helpful to you right now?" … Now, I had been an employee before, … and I'd never asked my boss that question. … I had a clear idea in my head about what my job was, … and I was going to do that. … What I didn't realize, and Kumar did, … was that you can make yourself uniquely valuable … and appreciated if you show … that you're not just willing to do the tasks … you think you were hired to do. … Instead, if you're willing to do anything … to be helpful to your boss, they will love you. … 99 times out of 100, … they're not going to exploit you and say, … "Go get my laundry." … But knowing that your priority …
- Determine the most appropriate form of communication in a business situation.
- Identify instances in which one mode of communication is preferable to another mode.
- Explain the process involved in interpreting nonverbal cues.
- Define terminology relating to interpersonal communication.
- Distinguish between various communication approaches with individuals from other cultures.
- Describe the factors that underlie interruptions during business meetings.
- Examine the most appropriate ways to accept criticism.