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

Related Rules 

Related rules

    Do you feel this rule needs an update?

    If you want to be notified when this rule is updated, please enter your email address: