[quote="Anonymous"]I am a manager for an organization where my immediate boss also holds one of the senior executive levels positions within my company. He is incredibly busy and leaves my colleagues and I to run our own projects independently for the most part (monthly manager meeting are our only real contact).
I feel that having a dedicated manager in his role rather than dividing his time between would introduce greater accountability and opportunity for growth amongst managers at my level. I'd like to approach him about this option, but I'm not sure how to do it appropriately.
I'd appreciate any insight each of you may have to offer.
To quote from the movie [i]"Backdraft" [/i]-
[i]"you see that flashing yellow light in the corner of your eye? That's your career dissipation warning light, and it's flashing really fast right now..."[/i]
[redacted] - slow down for a minute. Before you do anything that would give the boss the impression that you're after HIS job, consider a few things:
[list]-Sounds like your analysis is from YOUR perspective, not his. That's normal - but unless you spend a good deal of effort looking at things from his perspective (especially looking at his relationship with HIS boss, and what his own advancement plans are), your diagnosis risks being really, really wrong.
-Maybe he thinks things are just fine. And if he's not convinced that things need changing, he'll never be convinced to change things.
-Sounds like he's not meeting YOUR needs. [i]"I feel that having a dedicated manager in his role rather than dividing his time between would introduce greater accountability and opportunity for growth amongst managers at my level." [/i]Are you sure you're really speaking on behalf of those other managers - or is this about YOU? And believe me - it's OK if it's about you. Because you can fix that - by opening discussions with your manager about what will make YOU more effective.[/list:u]
Even if you disagree with these points - PLEASE - for the sake of your career, give this a lot of thought before you talk to anybody about how your boss is overloaded and the solution is to advance you. Very dangerous approach!