Managing Up – How to Manage Your Manager 

If you want to optimize your happiness at work… you better understand how to manage your manager 😊

Whether you are a team leader or a specialist, you probably have a manager (or two, or three…). How much impact does he or she have on your happiness at work? Which things are in his/her power to change, that would INSTANTLY skyrocket your happiness?

With today’s interview you get the “how to” on how to connect with your manager and make work life a lot lighter and easier for both him/her and yourself.

Mary Abbajay is the author of best-seller Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss. She is also  the president of Careerstone Group, LLC, a leadership development consultancy that delivers talent and organizational development solutions to businesses and governments.

Mary is a contributor, and her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, The Financial Times, Money, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Monster, and the BBC.

And the BEST part about Mary is… she is a lot of FUN (this was probably the highest-energy conversation we had so far).



Some exciting topics that came up during our conversation:

  • Which types of managers exist
  • How the WAIT-principle saves you a lot of frustration at work
  • What to do when your boss is a micro-manager
  • Which characteristics you should find out about your manager
  • The 3 guiding principles that make Mary Abbajay’s life simple, easy and fun
  • How Mary was in business with her sister, and whether she was “the fun one” or “the strict one” (which one would you guess? 😊)

TIP: Choose one or two tips and implement them TODAY.

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