You and Your Boss

Course Materials


Video Course: Dealing with a Difficult Boss on LinkedIn Learning

Advice About Your Boss on Ask A Manager – Advice Column by Alison Green

Six Key Principles for “Managing Up” for Better Results at Work – by Alison Green

What Your Boss Won’t Tell You (But You Should Know) – by Alison Green

Harvard Management Update – Why Managing Up Matters – by Liz Simpson

5 Steps to Managing Up – Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Recipe & Ingredients for Creating A Learning Conversation

Choice Map  – Graphically depicts concepts from Marilee Adams’ Change Your Questions, Change Your Life


Adams, M. G. (2009). Change your questions, change your life: 10 powerful tools for life and work. San Francisco, Calif: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Eisaguirre, L. (2009). “We Need to Talk” Tough Conversations with Your Boss: From Promotions to Resignations Tackle Any Topic with Sensitivity and Smarts. Fall River: Adams Media Corporation.

Harvard business review guides. (2013). HBR guide to managing up and across: Build relationships herd cats gain influence. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business Review Press

Managing up: Expert solutions to everyday challenges. (2008). Boston, Mass: Harvard Business Press.

Managing up: Forge strong ties, set clear expectations, promote your ideas. (2014)

Stone, D., Patton, B., & Heen, S. (1999). Difficult conversations: How to discuss what matters most. New York, N.Y: Viking.