Does anyone have advice on how to counteract a reputation for being a "suck up"? I blame this on Manager Tools! OK, not really - I take full responsibility for my new rep.
Since becoming an MT groupie almost a year ago, I have soaked up all the podcasts and implemented the trinity. I am still learning as I go, as are my directs, and I am happy to report that the results are great and I am a far more effective manager than I was. The problem is that this greater emphasis on managing relationships - with my bosses, my peers, the full 360 degree set of relationships found in a matrix organisation - makes me stick out in a crowd.
I already stuck out - I am a woman, I am a CEO of a country in the Middle East, I am in financial services, I am younger than a CEO usually is, my organisation has humble British roots while both my accent and management style are more typically American. And now, on top of all that, I am strengthening my relationships and it is being noticed.
Everyone who is senior to me and all my peers are in other locations. I am the most senior person in my country. They don't see that I am putting the majority of my effort into building relationships with my directs and my team of 400 people. One on Ones, Feedback, Delegation, Coaching, Skip Levels, communication, communication, communication - I spend so much time working with my team. My boss and his boss and my peers all see the results. I have earned a reputation as a top performer. My directs are reaping the benefits as well and a couple have moved on to bigger and better things outside the country. I have received strong positive feedback about the strength and effectiveness of my team.
All that is great. For some reason I can't quite figure out, my relationship building activities with my peers and bosses have resulted in this reputation of "managing up well".
I manage 360 well! What can I do to counteract this reputation?
All advice gratefully received.....