Sage advice from the folks at Forbes here "My advice on managing up - don't". I worked with a few executives who were brilliant at it at couple of the Fortune 100, with success to boot.
"...the best way to be looked upon favorably by those you report to is not through various charades and other forms of skulduggery, but by simply doing your job and serving them well. When the emphasis of your efforts shifts away from others and to yourself you have placed yourself on a very slippery slope. If you want to move up in the organization let it be the quality of your work that catapults you upward, not your skill in manipulation. If your timetable for career acceleration isn’t matching up with that of your employer, surface your concerns with them in a straight-forward fashion, don’t revert to amateurish corporate hi-jinks."
The upwards manager does not realize that their organization thinks poorly of them or outright does not respect them, if they do not share and bring the results down. In the end, they are short timers.
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