How do you manage up with a partner? Any tips or systems? I have a partner who is inconsistent with directions. I decided to take the most conservative approach and borderline be annoying. However, I’m wondering how to do all this without it taking up so much time/automation?

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Read the book “stealing the corner office”‘ it’s applied to corporate but very applicable

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What worked with a boss outside of law was CYA. Constant documentation. I had a boss in college in an office who constantly changed directions. My last boss at a small firm did too. I’d put notes on files with dates on them that that said “ABC” (partner’s initials) said to always do ____ in _____ way when doing XYZ process.

When boss claimed they never said that I’d go find my note and say, “I’m so sorry. I have a note on the file that says you said _____.” I’d then innocently hand them the note and say perhaps I took the note down wrong or misinterpreted it but please telll me how they want it done from now on and I’ll create a new note. Key is it can’t be sarcastic or sound confrontational. It has to sound genuinely apologetic and like you’re really wanting to help and do it right. I’m a woman so not so sure if that approach would be as effective with male associates to partners.

Point is that boss then understood I was making notes on everything significant they said. Boss would be careful not to contradict herself going forward. The issue with that is it’s time consuming and if you stop taking notes or fail to take a note on something, boss will know you always take notes and might be upset with you for failing to do it in this instance. Find a (n ethical) way to bill for those notes though if you go that route

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Watch the series "Mad Men"

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I usually give them the straight up answer they need and leave them to it… Until they can’t work themselves out they won’t get to where they need to be D:

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