• Jackie Mitchell

What You Should Know About Managing Up

I’ve heard the same story from several different women this week. What’s that story?

I haven’t gotten a promotion in X years.

Why is this topic a theme in my conversations this week? My best guess is that these women are beginning to look into their professional future.

These women are beginning to really feel the burn of dissatisfaction. They’re really seeing that they’re careers are not advancing in the way they want it or they’re just realizing that they are capable of more.

Either way, these women have something in common: they’ve not taken full responsibility for their career growth and they’ve previously looked to their managers to automagically present them with opportunities for advancement.

Here’s what you can do to help yourself move forward.

  1. Take responsibility for your career

  2. Make an intentional decision

  3. Take bold action

What does all of this have to do with managing up? A LOT.

Here's what you should know about managing up:

You won't fall in the the rut of end of year panic and dread for the upcoming year when managing up is done correctly.

Managing up means that you've taken responsibility for your career development. It also means you're working with, not for, your manager and you're making their work life much easier.


You're taking on responsibilities that your manager does not want to do nor do they have the time to do them, or they're not skilled at doing those activities. YES... we all know that there are some skills managers just do not possess. This is why great managers build a great team that they can delegate responsibilities to.



The skills and responsibilities you gain will take you farther. You're building your experience and repertoire. These are skills and assets you can take with you to another position (for advancement) or skills and assets used as proof of your status as an exceptional employee who deserves a raise and promotion. Of course, with any new responsibility, you want to make sure you excel and exceed expectations. Therefore, any new skills you're learning, take them further. and learn advance skills. Do a deep dive in how to advance with it.

In summary, managing up ultimately means you:

  1. Anticipate your managers needs

  2. Understand what makes them tick

  3. Become a problem solver and solutions provider to and for them

Your manager needs to know that you are trustworthy and reliable. Ultimately, they want to know that they can count on you. This is your opportunity to create a win-win solution. Give them what they need and in turn, get what you want.

Managing up is not at all about being a kiss ass to your manager. It means, you are navigating your career and guiding it in the direction you want it to go.

Let's start reframing the way we think about managing up.

If this insight resonates with you and you want help to finally move the needle and advance your career, schedule your FREE Career Strategy Call HERE

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