Managing Your Boss and Creating a Positive Relationship

As a Spiritual, you offer those around you a mental refuge, reminding them of the big picture — which we examined in Part One: Getting Along with Colleagues and Getting Ahead at Work. That said, there are moments when it’s critical to sweat the small stuff, and audit your reactions — especially when dealing with your boss. Below, three things to help you be still more mindful. Want more career inspiration? Click here to see more ArcheGuides.

Regardless of your spiritual orientation, the fact remains that the devil is in the details. While it’s nice to have a mind that’s above such worldly concerns as spreadsheets and deadlines, things need to be done on time and on budget. Don’t undermine your performance by neglecting the small picture.

While your sense of proportion and ability to remain calm are invaluable assets, there are moments when articulating a peaceable “It’s all good,” or “Everything happens for a reason,” may land poorly for a boss who’s struggling with a setback. Instead, show your support by taking a few things off his plate so he can focus on sorting out the situation.

While you see the world in a multitude of greys, there are issues you feel unequivocally about — which leaves you in a quandary when you perceive that your boss is crossing an ethical boundary. Should you need to speak to her about it, be sure to phrase your objection from your point of view. So, “I disagree with the choice to do X,” Not, “You’re out of line when you do X.”