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Top Five Expectations Your Boss Has Never Mentioned


Have you ever walked out of a particularly stressful performance review with your boss and wondered where that conversation originated?  For whatever reason and despite your hard work nothing seemed to make a difference.  Every time you zigged, she zagged – it was an utter buzz kill.  The truth is it may not be your fault.  That is, what if your performance is being graded based upon expectations that were never communicated?  If you are like most of us, these unspoken expectations are common, and it leaves you in a powerless position to excel at your job.

Considering how stressful this can be I decided to share with you the top five expectations your boss has of you that most likely have gone – uncommunicated.  I believe this list is a wake-up call to bosses urging them to communicate better and a rallying cry for associates encouraging them to take proper actions by making these five things happen even before they are communicated clearly.

Don’t we all believe that the best leaders tend to run slightly ahead of expectations?

Top Five Expectations Your Boss Has Never Mentioned

People may hear you words, but they feel your attitude. – John C. Maxwell

  • Your boss expects you to learn to connect and not just communicate. There is a big difference you know. Connecting means understanding your boss from his/her perspective. Communicating means passing on important information and getting your to-do’s accomplished. To truly connect you need to strive to create a collaborative work environment with your boss. Let them know you care by showing them you understand. Bosses won’t come out and say it but trust me – they expect it. Point one – learn to connect with your boss and others around you.

Hard work always pays off, whatever you do. – Dustin Lynch

  • Your boss expects you to volunteer for the hard jobs. The truth is that your boss expects you to accept work challenges as a normal part of your job. Don’t think this goes unnoticed – the executives I have witnessed climbing the ladder the fastest are the ones who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty. Whether the projects a winner or loser, you will gain valuable experience in navigating a difficult project or two. Learn to master these and produce positive outcomes – the sky is the limit. Point two – Do the hard things.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Your boss expects you to develop a strong bench. The goal being that when you move up and/or over – your team can function just as well. While this may seem counterproductive, it is the hallmark of great leadership. Having two or three individuals ready at all time to replace you should be the goal. This affords the organization the opportunity to grow successfully. Precious resources are multiplied, and business thrives. Point three – make sure your team is highly functioning even if their skills pass yours up.

Read every book, blog, website, whatever, about what you want to be an expert in. – James Altucher

  • Your boss expects you to become a subject matter expert. Study your industry and your job – are you learning something new every day? Have you become a member of the life-long learners club?   The world is paying top dollar for people who know their subjects better than everyone else. Point four – Commit to life-long learning and study your profession.

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. – Pat Riley

  • Your boss expects you to own a “Can Do – Carry On Attitude.” In life, your attitude precedes all your results. Attitude can be the aroma of true success or the stench of rotting efforts. The slightest defect in your attitude will result in an erosion of trust and a misunderstanding of your intentions. Creating a winning attitude will emphasize that you belong on this team and are here to make a difference. Point five – own a winning attitude in every situation.

Expectations can be difficult obligations to meet in the workplace. (Especially if they go unspoken) Knowing what your boss expects is the first step in making sure you position yourself and your company for the future.


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