ProInspire CEO featured in Drucker Institute article on Managing the Boss


Drucker Institute, a social enterprise whose mission is strengthening organizations to strengthen society, recently interviewed ProInspire Founder and CEO Monisha Kapila for an article on Managing the Boss. The article, featured in the Institute’s bimonthly Monday* magazine, builds on Peter Drucker’s timeless wisdom by delivering advice from several of today’s executives on ways to successfully manage up.

Monisha shared with Drucker the fact that many professionals fail to think of managing up as a skill that needs to be developed. She also shared the five primary rules for managing up:

  1. Commit yourself to your manager’s success
  2. Ask for what you want or need
  3. Understand and adapt to your manager
  4. Own the relationship
  5. Communicate, communicate, communicate

Managing Up is one of the key components of ProInspire’s leadership development curriculum, and we are excited to see the topic highlighted by such a trusted resource on management.

Click here to read the full article, and see below for Monisha’s quote.

Reposted from Drucker Institute:

“Many people fail to think of managing up as a skill. It’s one that people don’t take enough time to develop, which is why we talk about it in all of our leadership programs. It’s common for people in our sessions to say, “Is that manipulating my boss?” They don’t see that it’s part of their responsibility to own their relationship with their managers, whether they’re entry-level employees or they’re executive directors dealing with a board. So we try to dispel the myths about managing up being cynical manipulation. Proper management of the boss is about being proactive, strategic and assertive. It’s also about taking responsibility for what you want and need, because sometimes people feel like managers do stuff to them and don’t see it as a partnership. It’s about looking out for your boss and yourself. To simplify things, we’ve come up with five primary rules. One: Commit yourself to your manager’s success. Two: Ask for what you want or need. Three: Understand and adapt to your manager. Four: Own the relationship. Five: Communicate, communicate, communicate!”

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