Finding out if your boss prefers to listen or read could provide a big piece of the puzzle to making your boss happy. Peter Drucker identified this dynamic many years ago.
“Peter Drucker divides bosses into “listeners” and “readers.” Some bosses like to get information in report form so they can read and study it. Others work better with information and reports presented in person so they can ask questions. As Drucker points out, the implications are obvious. If your boss is a listener, you brief him or her in person, then follow it up with a memo. If your boss is a reader, you cover important items or proposals in a memo or report, then discuss them.” -- Gerald Heralds Blog
While listening to the Manager Tools podcast series on creating a 90 day new job plan the hosts highlighted another one of their podcasts which expanded on the listener vs reader phenomenon.
At work the single most important one to one relationship you have is between you and your boss and you will be best served by adapting your approach to meet your supervisor's style. Knowing if your boss prefers to read or listen to an issue is much more likely to set you up for success, especially when new information is being presented to your supervisor.
Knowing your preference is important too. Do you prefer to read or listen to (new) information at work?
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