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This episode is sponsored by The Leadership Fast Track Program. Each year we take a group of aspiring leaders from around the world and combine assessments, executive coaching, and learning sessions to help you accelerate your ability to lead and deliver. Visit http://www.i-leadonline.com/LeadershipFastTrackProgram.asp to learn more.

So let me ask you... How well did your schooling prepare you for the real world when it comes to work? I can certainly find plenty of examples where mine did, and yet there are so many lessons that I didn't really start to learn until I spent extended time in the real world.

One of the lessons that eventually becomes clear is that managing is not just managing down: leading those people who report to us. In fact, the higher I got in organizations, the more I found I needed to manage up: in many ways, to lead my boss. That's a lesson I don't remember being taught in a textbook.

Whether you're a project manager, team member, or senior leader, we all have a boss and learning to lead that boss is a key skill that must be developed. Earlier this year I had a conversation with leadership expert John Baldoni. John is the author of many books, including Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win. In this episode you'll see what John has to say about how you can more effectively lead your boss.

You can learn more about John by visiting http://www.johnbaldoni.com/. John recommended you check out his previous book Lead by Example: 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results. Also, I recommend you check out the other book John mentioned in the interview: Lead Your Boss: The Subtle Art of Managing Up.

Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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