Picture this: You’re at work, and your boss is swamped with tasks and deadlines. They’re juggling multiple projects and constantly on the go. Now, imagine if you could be the one who anticipates their needs and stays one step ahead of the game.

That’s the magic of anticipation! It’s about having that sixth sense to understand what others might need even before they ask for it. It’s like having a secret superpower that sets you apart from the rest.

So, how can you master the art of anticipation?

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1.     Pay attention to cues: Observe your boss’s preferences, work patterns, and priorities. Does their schedule get hectic on certain days? Do they have recurring tasks or upcoming important meetings? By noticing these cues, you can proactively prepare and offer support when they need it most.

2.     Stay informed: Keep your finger on the pulse of the office. Stay up to date with the latest news, developments, and industry trends. By being well-informed, you can anticipate potential challenges, provide valuable insights, or offer suggestions that align with your boss’s goals.

3.     Be proactive: Don’t wait for instructions to come your way—take initiative! Take on additional responsibilities, offer to help with tasks outside your immediate scope, or suggest improvements to existing processes. By showcasing your proactive nature, you demonstrate your commitment and reliability.

4.     Show empathy: Put yourself in your boss’s shoes and try to understand their perspective. Is there anything you can do to lighten their workload or make their day more manageable? It could be preparing a report in advance, organizing important documents, or coordinating with colleagues to streamline teamwork. Small gestures can make a big difference.Remember, becoming your boss’s favorite isn’t about sucking up or playing favorites—it’s about becoming an indispensable asset to your team.

When you anticipate your boss’s needs and provide valuable support, you become an invaluable ally in their quest for success.

Margaret Brower
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My specialty is hospitality sales, but my passion has always been the psychology of sales. I have loved and lived the life of a results-driven Director of Sales, and in that time developed a sales program with a two-fold leadership approach, skill development and human development.

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