When graduates from various B-schools join any organisation, there is a lot of enthusiasm and drive to prove themselves in the corporate world. They are eager to put into practice what they have learnt.
However, there is a lot, lot more to learn in addition to what one may have already gleaned from books. Real success, after all, will come only after they have proved themselves in the organisations they join.
For this to happen, the first step is to learn from your immediate seniors and bosses. Most important of all—try to be an asset to your senior rather than being a threat. Be a part of their solution, rather than being a problem for them.
Unfortunately, more often than not, excitement is the root cause of the new managers making their bosses uncomfortable and even leaking out vital information not meant to be shared with others.
Kautilya says, “Just as a serpent, lying in hiding, emits poison at the place from which it expects danger, so this king, having become apprehensive of harm (from you), will ere long emit the poison of anger at you.” (1.14.8)
Make sure you and your boss are always working in the same way rather than in conflicting ones. Only then will you be able to grow in your corporate career.
Here are some tips for being an ideal subordinate:
You can cover all the issues in one go. That way, your and even their time will be productive—you can have good discussions and they can take effective decisions.