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Submitted by Chris Humberstone on Sat, 12/28/2013 - 01:47

Recently I received a compliment on my blog from a younger professional in the industry, and I found it very motivating. Look, at 58 most of the professionals in the industry are younger than me. So anyway, I had let my blog slip a little during an almost 2 month trip in South East Asia. On a long trip generally my exercise routine and my diet also slip, especially in SE Asia where I love the food.
So it got me thinking about compliments and where and when they are appropriate and how they can open doors in business.
The best executives know how to manage their boss and how to give compliments to more seasoned executives, both in and outside of their organization. These two skills are in short supply and it can be very irritating when compliments are used inappropriately or insincerely.
As managers move up through an organization, generally their new boss has even less time to manage them properly than their old boss.
In any healthy relationship between two people the responsibility to make the relationship work is 50:50. At work, do not expect your boss to take their 50% seriously, and be very thankful (quietly) if they do.
So those employees who make the effort to really understand how their boss processes information (do they prefer graphics or text?), how they manage their time (do they want constant updates or a weekly meeting?) and what they expect from you (analysis, analysis with recommendations, or analysis, recommendations and implementation?) etc. will have a better relationship with their boss and a more rewarding work experience. if you haven’t figured out at least these basics yet, I suggest you do so or ask your boss directly well before your next performance review. However, in my experience you should have a better understanding of how your boss reacts than your boss will, as you are paying more attention.
We all know that managers should compliment their subordinates on work well done, preferably in front of their peers, to encourage the same performance in the future. Good people will also compliment more senior people in their organization when they have done something well. Sincere compliments, given one on one and not in front of an audience, will be appreciated
I certainly appreciated the compliment I received, and this blog post is the result.

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