This cast explains how to improve an especially important relationship during economic downturns: your boss's peers.

We're releasing this cast in the spring of 2020, during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Your boss's peers play an important role in a downturn. There are two reasons that come to mind right away. The first is one that's important at all time, but heightened during a slow economy. It's their willingness to help you achieve what you need achieved, usually by interceding on your behalf with their directs.

If you have a good relationship with your boss's peers, they are much more likely to talk to one of their directs on your behalf, AFTER having given you 5 minutes to state your case for why one of their team isn't doing what you need them to do. They're much more likely to make a phone call for you, or look over a presentation that you need pre-wired.

And during a downturn, almost every manager and executive tightens their circle of concern a little . . . or a LOT. If you have a good relationship with a peer of your boss, you're more likely to have a shot at these kinds of things even when things aren't going so well.

The second reason, though, is the real hidden gem. Some of our listeners have already figured it out. Your boss's peers are likely going to be in the Steel Cage Deathmatch Meeting where your job security is determined. Being well perceived by the group who will make THAT decision is a Career Tools No Brainer.

How do we do it? We have three recommendations, each of which has some detailed guidance.

This Cast Answers These Questions

  • Why do I need to know my boss's peer?
  • How do I increase my job security during a downturn?
  • How do I build relationships with my boss's peers?

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