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Chapter 23. Productivity Principles > Barrier 3: Coping with Multiple Bosses

Barrier 3: Coping with Multiple Bosses

Multiple bosses can mean multiple directives. What can you do?

Always ask your bosses for time frames and priority levels. Communicate immediately if there is a conflict. Let the bosses work out among themselves which is the most important task to complete. Offer alternatives when saying no. Alternatives include different time frames than those requested, suggestions for who else might be able to help out and where else the work might be handled. Ask the bosses to help you design a work order form, which will help you determine priorities, manage the work flow and lessen interruptions. Different colored paper could indicate the priority level of the requests.


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