How to Impress Your Boss - Executives Agree This STANDS OUT!

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Hey everyone, this is Self Made Millennial,

I'm Madeline Mann. Today I'm going to tell

you about a tactic that quickly will

make you highly valued by your boss. It

is incredible how few people use this

tactic and it works for you at any level

in your career. And once I realized this,

it has become a very powerful thing in

my career. And you know, while I may not be

my boss's favorite employee,

I am his least favorite employee. I'm

just kidding. I hope. I'm going to walk you

through the tactic and then provide an

example at the end to really solidify

this concept. Okay I'm going to tell you the

secret right up top here. Bosses are busy

people. Busy people like to react, not

create. Have that etched up into your

hippocampus: react not create. When you

see that your boss is super stressed,

what do most people do? They say, how can I

help? And that's mighty fine,

but what should you actually do? Say I

think I can help in these ways, I can

help these things to be solved. You

should be thinking of ways that you can

contribute to take that mental load off

of them and you do this by creating a

"reaction document." Which is a fancy way

of saying creating a rough draft of

ideas for someone to react to. The crazy

thing is, is if whatever you put in a

reaction document is wrong, and they want

the complete opposite thing that you

came up with, that's actually really good

progress. Because often times leaders

don't know exactly what they want until

they see something and can react to it. Such

as, imagine if I asked you, "Hey can you

please describe to me your dream house?"

Your noggin would start buzzing around

with all kinds of different ideas, but

let's say instead I put pictures of four

different houses in front of you, and

said, "Pick which one you like the best."

And you look at them, you might say,

"Well you know, house number 2 is probably

my favorite because I love the ceilings,

I love the windows. But house number 3, I

like that yard better because it has

beautiful trees and a nice pool. And

suddenly you know, you're picking

different things out of each house and

we're making so much more progress than

if I just asked you this nebulous

question you had to just come up with

everything on you own.

And while out of the four houses,

probably none of them are your dream

house, it is a reaction document. It gave

you something to really start getting

the juices flowing.

Warning! Do not put lots of research into

your reaction documents because you may

be way off. Your boss might want

something completely different.

And so I'm talking to you perfectionists

out there, I know it's tough to share

something before it's completely

researched and looking perfect but you

really have to learn to share things

when they're still a rough draft. For

example, I was working with this artist

on some custom art pieces and I shared

my vision for it, and he's like, okay

great. I'll come up with some mock-ups

and I'll show them to you. So we set a

due date. He completely blew through that

due date which made me see red, but when

he eventually did turn things in it was

magnificent. It was super detailed. It had page

long descriptions of all of his

different ideas. But I didn't like

his ideas that much. I mean, I liked

elements of some of them, and we shared

different ideas. But for the next

iteration, I was like, "Look, I would

rather get, you know, scribbles on a

napkin every three days and we can

iterate quickly on it, versus waiting

three weeks for these long-form ideas

that might not work out." That's ultimately a

waste of his time to spend all this

effort on ideas that are just going to

be thrown in the trash, and time wasted

for me for going through all these

things and having to wait three weeks at

a time to get something from him. He was

so hard-working and ultimately we didn't

work together, and I just hope you don't

make the same mistake where you're just

working so hard, but you're not working

smart. Okay so let's move into the

real-world scenario. So your boss asks

you to help put together a leadership

retreat. A mediocre employee would say,

"Okay cool." And then just sit back and

then wait until their boss gave them specific

instructions. A good employee would come

up with solid probing questions such as,

what is the goal of the retreat? What

kind of venue would you like? How much

time should this take up? But the

favorite employee would create a

reaction document. Your boss asks you to

help work on this retreat, and so you

reach out some people in your network

just to see how they have built retreats

in the past, and put down some

information that your boss can react to.

So you put down different formats that

retreats can be, the outcome they're

trying to create, the context of it,

and the estimated costs. Now this

document took you under an hour to prep.

There are so many more details that

could be in this document but for the

sake of a reaction doc, you just want to

make things more high-level before

jumping in deep. And your boss might say,

"Okay, for sure not the first option, but

maybe some crossover between the second

and third option." And there you go, they

were able to react not create. And they

will be so grateful that you're being

proactive about coming up with solutions.

So you'll be in your boss's favorite

employee within 90 days or your money

back guaranteed. But you know, these

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