The Boss: Being a Partner


It is sometimes lonely being the boss.  When a subordinate provides help to the boss in resolving a conflict or achieving his goals it is really valued.  It is impossible to tell when you are first hired whether you and your boss are on a close wave length where you like the same things, see the world in the same way, and so on.  That really doesn’t matter because you can be a terrific partner to your boss with or without being a personal friend if you lived in the same neighborhood.  You can:

  • Volunteer for a project that is meaningful to the boss
  • Resolve a dispute with a client or colleague
  • Assist your colleagues to achieve their goals
  • Go out of your way to help someone in your group or the firm at large
  • Mentor a young associate

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