For most of us on payroll, barely a day would goes by without soul-searching of living up to superior’s expectations for a decent shot of better review next round for career advancement of higher increments and promotions. As a matter of fact, virtually within all organisational structures, everyone had a superior in the rank of commands, not necessary one who possess the executive authority for one’s demotion, dismissal and career prospect but anyone who is in charged of you in assigning duties and being reported to is very well capable of making one’s work life miserable if not managed in the right way in Asian cultural context.
Therefore, having the right set of attitudes in office are essential for one to excel in their jobs. This article disclose the tips you wanted to know about managing your own Asian superiors to your advantages and were afraid to ask as the road map to build and climb a healthy career path draws mixed results if one fails to put things in perspective, confrontation and arguments on work related matters on impulse and in open didn’t justify the ends. The problem is multi-faceted, its involves one gender, pride, belief, culture and habits and more often than not it’s not what you say but how you say it that make the distinctions.
Deploying the legacy “3 W” strategies of “Walking away, Whining about and Waiting around” worsens existing working relationship between superiors and subordinates when unreasonable assignments and requests are delegated, as demand of work deliverable continues, tight tension didn’t help to improve the situation, where rivalry and peer competition eclipse individual performance. On the other hand, personal ego often added to the degradation of meaningful work fulfillment and it could fuel very deep imbalances among individuals, hindering one from completing and excelling in their duties not limiting to their jobs. Although strong egotism is a natural trait of a competence and confidence individual but lack of balancing can often backfires. This explains who so many had been striving to exceed the job expectations but still being caught off guard with others getting the much anticipated career advancements.
As perception is nine-tenths of reality, being perceived as a successful superiors managing their subordinates well are fundamental to gain traction in one own career prospects and moving forward. Rather than arguing on seemingly unreasonable job assignments aggressively which make the Asian bosses lose face, one should simply accept the duties with full dedication and enthusiasm and subsequently make frequent clarifications and suggestions along the way in “one to one” manner for fine-tuning and adjusting the context of the scope with the direct in command.
Asian superiors especially those in middle ranks tend to insistence on their commands to establish superiority, head on confrontation on the spot in front of peers inevitably leads to bruised pride, grudges and counter productive. One should also avoids falling into the abyss of of infertile efforts to change the superior’s character for empathy and allegiance and simply accept the truth that he or she usually had a broader perspective on matters and under higher work pressure to deliver results. Absolute right or wrong should be regarded with the lowest priorities in office. Strategies to alleviate the problems of challenging superiors on work related matters pays off in wider horizon.
After all, most superiors hold the particular position credited to some aspects of their excellence not necessary equaling them as a true competent leaders and as in the eyes of their own commanding up-line, they very well had the same imperfections and flaws like all the subordinates; forgetful, narrow minded, stubborn, throwing the weight around and elusive from time to time.
Therefore we all needs to be regularly reminded, coached, encouraged, subjective and being managed with fundamental respects as there are no winners, only survivors in office. Soft influences rather than the hierarchical ranking could be one of the most important source of sustained employee values in any organization as we continue to be tactic and productive to deliver results in our job and in parallel draw maximum satisfaction in personal needs and goals.
As a result, once one has gone through truly astonishing transformation by altering one’s perspective and understanding what organizational structure all about, career achievement can be established avoid paying with exorbitant price, part of which goes towards compromising family, health and personal well-being.