Climbing that career ladder can be tricky, and sometimes a bit of sucking up does go a long way, much to the dismay of your fellow colleagues. Therefore, it is important to do your brown-nosing on the sly without being too obvious. The last thing you want is to lose some friends on your way to the top.
Don't bother with the sycophantic compliments. Don't bother with buying the extra treats. No one likes playing the game, but if it exists, it must be played correctly in securing your way into management.
Your ultimate goal is to be covert. Spend some time looking at how your boss works and then try to emulate it. This could be the way they talk, communicate and work. If they take a slow and methodical approach, follow suit, for example. It is this 'energy' or vibe that you want to match. Furthermore, display your work how you think they want it to be displayed. If they want specific details, give it to them, even if it is not your usual style.
To continue having your boss on your side, it is best if you never come across as though you are fighting them. Keep an eye on how you speak to them, and even if you have an idea that will trump their's, never say: 'I have a better idea'. If anything, try and make it seem like it was your boss' concept. Ask them for their own suggestions and incorporate them into your plan. It may be a short-term loss to your pride, but this will translate into a long-term gain. Remember, no boss will say no to potential ideas, and if anything it will gain you extra points, as long as you deliver them correctly.
Another tactic could be to intentionally create a 'situation' for you to forge a relationship with your boss. Even if you are not finding a particular project difficult, it may be worth making it seem like you are, especially if your manager is a bit 'hands off'. This may initially seem like you are unfit for your job, but over time you can razzle and dazzle your peers. This may be the perfect opportunity for you to show them that you can go beyond your job at all times. Working with them on a project will also enable you to boost the 'social' side of your relationship.
Do all of this without smothering your employer. No one likes a try-hard, and if it is too obvious that you are willing to do anything to progress, you may end up moving backwards if anything.
The most important factor to consider is respect. This can be tricky if you are used to working independently at your old firm or at university, but sometimes you simply need to suck it up, nod your head, grin and bear it. This is all about advancing your career at the end of the day.
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