Manipulation and Flattery

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Managing upward is about manipulation and flattery. But not in a bad way.

“Why does my manager ask my opinion if he’s just going to disregard it?” a coaching client wondered out loud. “I’m tempted to just keep my ideas to myself from now on. Why should I bother speaking up if he’s not going to listen to me anyway?”

Oh yes, the sullen, silent approach.

“How can you strategically manipulate your manager?” I asked my client…

(Read the rest of the story at The Seattle Times.)