Reluctance to manage up surprises me each time I encounter it. When done with respect and motivated by honest intentions, managing up is a positive form of corporate collaboration – the absence of which stifles growth.
Critical to success in managing up are these underlying themes:
- It is done as a means of moving the business forward
- It is always carried out with respect for individuals and the organization
- It is done in the spirit of two-way communication rather than as an indictment
- Before citing fear as the reason for holding back, we need to examine whether this perceived fear is actually lack of courage on our part
Managing up doesn’t mean seeking to have your way; it means you are sharing information that might not otherwise be known and shows that you trust the more senior group to evaluate your information in the larger context of the organization.