Managing Yourself in the absence of Boss

What do you do when you do not have a Boss breathing down your neck?

You will be counting your blessings no doubt but pretty soon you will have to   haul your ass else it might get roasted.

Joking ? No serious absolutely .

When you find yourself in a situation where the Boss is not around for direct monitoring its good to set yourself some rules to mange yourself and your team.

Here are a few set of rules to self leading –

1 Get into a Ownership Mindset.

You own/run this place. the buck stops with you. You are accountable – no one else to point fingers when you make a mistake.

2 Develop a set of 2-3 year Goals.

Call it longterm – short term whatever suits your fancy. but have those goals jotted down and pasted where you can see them regularly.  It’s a lot more energizing when you create them because they are your own making no one else has told you to do so.

3. Measure

Without a boss, you have to monitor your own performance. Objective, measurable performance indicators will help prevent you from getting delusional about how good or bad you might think you are doing. this is an absolutely critical step – which gets the boot because no one wants to get into this boring grunt work of measuring your own performance. and mostly it is not very flattering to the ego. Our warts are shown to us like cells under a microscope. but unless we are aware about how we are performing – its easy to loose the track.

4. Celebrate 

Give yourself a pat on the back now and then. Brag to your spouse or friends. Keeping yourself motivated though positive recognition is just as important as kicking yourself in the rear when things go bad.
5. Develop an informal “Advisory Board”.
Identify a small group of stakeholders that can give you hard, honest feedback, will listen to your ideas, and offer great advice.
6. Cultivate strong relationships with your peers and other key stakeholders.
In the absence of direct supervision, peers can offer the support you need to get things done, collaborate on problems and opportunities, and offer encouragement. The strength of your peer relationships is also a strong indicator of your leadership potential; in the absence of direct observation, your manager will heavily weigh the observations of your peers and others.

9. Stick to a schedule.
Disciplined time management is essential when you’re not punching the clock and no one’s watching. You values should be your guide here.

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