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@rh24bold:MANAGEMENT TIP –OF THE DAY

The right way to give your boss bad news

No one likes a difficult conversation with the boss, but it can be a valuable tool for building a trusting relationship. Try these four steps the next time you need to share upsetting news:

— Describe the problem. Provide a general overview and show the specific impact it has on your work and the company’s goals.

— Identify your solution. Explain how you’ve already tried to solve the problem and what you’ve learned from those attempts. Recommend a specific approach, along with alternatives to give your manager options.

— Discuss the benefits. Focus on concrete examples of how your idea will succeed. If you have tested your approach on a small scale with good results, share that information.

— Accept responsibility. Demonstrate your commitment to ensuring success. Work with your manager to develop a final action plan.

Adapted from the HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across.

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Published January 29, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm)

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