From time to time in your career you’ll confront the challenge of adjusting to a new boss. In many cases, this will be a situation you did not seek. Suddenly, you find yourself forced into a new relationship in which the other person (your new boss) has considerably more power than you do. Here are some tips for adjusting to a new boss.

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Fit matters. Try running a mile or two in a pair of trainers that are a size too small if you need proof. As uncomfortable as that would be, missing the fit on an employment decision is just as painful, or even worse.

We have a formula for growth at Talent Plus called the GIFT Formula (the first letters spelled backward are GIFT).

(Talent + Fit) x Investment = Growth

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We believe there are three primary factors driving a person’s growth and development:

  • Talent
  • Fit
  • Investment

Those three factors come together into an equation is the GIFT Formula. It looks like this (read backward, the first letters of the elements of the formula spell GIFT):

(Talent + Fit) x Investment = Growth

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Many businesses experience extreme seasonality. Resorts, sports venues and retail businesses immediately come to mind. Every year they must staff up for the busy season and lay off for the off season. I have worked in several seasonal businesses, both as an employee and as a leader. The purpose of this post is to explore the question, in managing seasonal employees, what adjustments should managers make?

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What’s the one thing you can do in a relationship with another person to immediately shift the balance of power?

Ask a question.

Not just any question. There are ways of asking that are more like telling. The question I just asked is actually one of those. Why? Because I already knew the answer. The question wasn’t really a question. It was more of a device for telling.

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