Learning to Work Without a Boss's Guidance

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Q:

"My former boss used to tell me exactly what to do and when -- a dream for an ADDer like me. My new supervisor wants me to work independently. Can I make this situation work?"

A:

Next time you're given a project to work on, ask your supervisor as many specific questions as you can think of before getting started. Then formulate your own game plan for the project - but request periodic "mini-meetings" with your supervisor to discuss your ideas and proposed schedule, and to track your progress. Tap your co-workers for advice, as well. If possible, run your plan by someone who's worked on something similar.

If your boss doesn't have time for regular 10-minute meetings, keep in touch via e-mail. Keep your messages simple and to the point. Bullet items that you're working on and the dates on which you expect to complete them - and ask for feedback.

Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.

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