Take Responsibility for Your Relationships




Your relationship with your supervisor is one of the most important relationships you have. They can coach you to be better at what you do. They can find opportunities. They can suggest additional training for you. They usually are really looking out for you!

What’s typical and accepted in the workplace is for us to say negative things about the supervisor—often because they are challenging you to have better performance! But know that they are challenging you to have better performance because they care about you! Obviously they care about the performance as well, but if they didn’t care about you, they wouldn’t say anything. They would just start preparing for your exit.

So, know that they’re a stand for you. So, take good care of that relationship. Be appreciative of the feedback. Implement the feedback. Ask for more feedback. And have a kindness of spirit as you address the differences of opinion about how you will make things happen.

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