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Carrie..you said: ”
I’m doing my best to get up to speed, but my direct manager is constantly frustrated with me because of my inconsistent ability to understand when to seek her input or share information with her, and when to proceed independently (I seem to always do the opposite of what’s expected).
Spent many years in the business world..may I make a suggestion?
When you are dealing with a task, come up with your own solution (or
approach..whatever the case may be) and then check it over with your
manager before proceeding. She may also have input that will improve
I’d tell her that I just want to run my plan by her, and then ask
her if she wants you to keep her informed of the progress. In time,
you will learn when she wants to be involved, and when she doesn’t.
She will also appreciate the fact that you acknowledge the situation,
and are taking the initiative to improve. You will gain confidence,
Whichever way you choose to go, I’m sure it will all turn out fine
in the end. Recognizing our own limitations, and working to improve
in those areas is a prescription for success.