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Do you manage up? (give a recommendation)
  v10.0 Posted at 30/06/2017 5:45 AM by Tiago Araujo

​Managing up is providing your manager with an option to approve, rather than asking a general question.

What do you want to charge for Cameron's rate?

Figure: Bad Example - Nothing to approve

What do you want to charge for Cameron's rate?

I would advise the standard $165 + GST until he has more experience.

Please approve.

Figure: Good Example

When you are giving someone multiple options, you should recommend one and state why. For example:

We want to integrate our database with our website so that customers can purchase online.

The choices:​​Buy a ready-made solution - The ready made solution is cheap but it does not have everything that we need and has unnecessary features.

  1. Option A - ​​Buy a ready-made solution - The ready made solution is cheap but it does not have everything that we need and has unnecessary features.​
  2. Option B - Build a new solution using a third party company - It will be expensive and it will take a long time.
  3. Option C​ - Customize a ready made solution (Recommended) - We are able to get rid of redundant features and change it to meet our requirements. It is cheaper than building a new solution from scratch.

Please decide so I can move forward

Figure: Good Example
complexity and false hope
Figure: Hard decision - this guy needs to state why he recommends this option

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