This may be the wrong question; I'll try to be clear.
What are the key tasks that a manager needs to have done for her that I can take on that will show her that she'll want to promote me and make me a manager?
I was on the manager track a few years ago, and was very close to reaching that goal .. then came the outsourcing. After being moved around a bit within the company, I recently ended up in my current department.
I have a good manager. She's not an MT manager, but she does do One-to-Ones each month and tries to give her DRs tasks that they prefer – where possible – out of everything that needs to be done. This definitely works in my favor because of her six DRs, NOBODY else wants to do ANYTHING other than what they're doing now (I don't understand that!), and they all do disparate jobs. Her goal is to do some cross training so that there are no problems if someone is out for an extended time, but all of the others push back at any suggestion of taking on more work – even the two managers.
When I ask her what I can do for her, she says, "What do you want to do?" I want to do EVERYTHING. I don't want to do just one thing. I'm proactive and I want to be involved in everything that she's involved with, and when there's a new project, I'm chomping at the bit to be involved. However, I know that I can't do everything [u]and[/u] be effective [u]and[/u] show her that I am manager material.
My initial thought was that since she is currently backing everyone up when they're out, if I can learn enough about everything, I can take some things off her plate. We have scheduled some time to discuss this on Monday, and I'm very excited. Unfortunately, her plan is to ask me, again, “What do you want to do?”
I worry that if I take all of the “menial” tasks, like data entry, that will be my lot in life. Unfortunately, she does a lot of these things because the people who should be doing them can’t or won’t. She’s not going to push it (although I would if I were their manager .. alas, I’m not..).
Another concern: Her DISC profile seems to be very similar to mine (5147), we enjoy doing similar things and think in similar ways and get frustrated by the same things. While this makes her very easy for me to get along with and we’re almost always on the same page, I’m also going to enjoy doing the same tasks that she enjoys. I don’t want to leave her with the things she dislikes, but I don’t want to end up with a lot of items that I dislike. I know that I shouldn’t worry about this, but I do because I care and I know that she won’t offload these things to those that should do them.
Any insight would be great. I’m willing to pay my dues (again); I just need to know which currency to use!