May 28

Managing UP: Top Tips for Managers and their Executives


Mastering the Art of Managing Up: A Guide to Managing the Top Executive in Your Area

As a professional, managing up effectively is crucial to career success. It involves understanding the expectations of your top executive, communicating your results in a way that resonates with them, and empathizing with their pressures. In this post, we'll explore the key strategies and techniques for managing up, drawing from my experience as well as the expertise of renowned management thought leaders.

Understanding the Expectations of Your Top Executive

Effective managing up begins with a deep understanding of what your top executive needs from you to succeed. This involves identifying key performance indicators (KPIs) that matter most to them, setting goals that align with their priorities, and developing a clear understanding of their expectations[1].

Communicating Your Results with Impact

To get noticed by your top executive, you need to communicate your achievements in a way that drives recognition and opportunities. This involves crafting compelling stories that showcase your results, presenting data in a way that resonates with your executive, and learning how to shape your message to align with their priorities[1]. Great storytelling is a skill that can be learned, not a natural talent. Telling your stories with great images and data make them much more compelling in the management space. 

Empathizing with Your Executive's Pressures

Managing up also requires empathizing with the challenges your top executive faces and understanding how you can support them. This involves building a strong, supportive relationship that benefits both you and your executive, and developing strategies for dealing with different management styles and handling confrontations effectively[1].

Additional Resources for Managing Up

For those looking to further develop their managing up skills, there are numerous resources available. My 1- Day Workshop will guide you through the top 5 things you need to do to get on board with your exec and advance your career.


Managing up is a critical skill for career success, and by following the strategies and techniques outlined in this blog, you can effectively manage the top executive in your area. Remember to stay informed through resources like management blogs and websites, and always be looking for ways to improve your managing up skills.


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