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Teamwork - Do you manage up? (Give a recommendation)
  v22.0 Posted at 13/12/2019 6:29 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 - Option to approve 

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:

Option A (Recommended) - Customize a ready-made solution - 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.
​Option B - Buy a ready-made solution - The ready-made solution is cheap bu​t it does not have everything that we need and has unnecessary features.
Option C​ - Build a new solution using a third party company - It will be expensive and it will take a long time.

Please let me know if you're happy to proceed with our recommendation, otherwise let me know if you have any questions.

Figure: Good Example - Multiple options to approve with reasons for each
complexity and false hope
Figure: Har​d decision - this guy needs to state why he recommends this option

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