In Working with Management: Five Characteristics of the Cubicle Warrior, I described five items that would go a long way in what you can control in working with management. On review, however, I thought that each of the points, while good, could use some expansion. I’ve done that with other characteristics and today I’d like to expand on Being the Trusted Adviser.
In the original post, I noted this:
Be the Trusted Adviser. This is an exceptionally delicate skill to develop, but one that will offer good rewards. A trusted adviser is one to whom a person (manager) can go to in order to receive good, candid, and confidential advice. The Cubicle Warrior Rule is this: I’ll tell you the good and the bad and argue my position to the best of my ability to find the right answer. Then, when the decision is made, we’re in the foxhole together, no matter what comes along.
Reasons to be a trusted adviser.
There are reasons for being a trusted adviser. Here are a few:
How to become a trusted adviser
The real issue is how to become a trusted adviser to your manager. There are several walls that need to be climbed in order to have this status:
You can tell that these skills are hard to develop and take a lot of time. Being a trusted adviser helps in dealing with management. How many people do you know just whine? How many have a singular point of view? How many options do you hear from your teammates on an issue or problem? How valuable do all of those traits make someone to management trying to solve a problem or move an issue forward?
Be different. Be the trusted adviser.
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