Mastering the Business Trip with Your Boss

February 23, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — Traveling with the boss offers an array of both professional opportunities and minefields.  After all, a week of meetings, meals, airport delays and taxi rides can add up to more time together than a junior employee may normally experience in a year. There are also plenty of chances to err — a less-than-stellar client presentation, a technology mishap or perhaps a suggestion to eat at a famous barbecue place when the boss is a vegan.

Still, a trip with the boss can be the chance to demonstrate competence, share new ideas and climb the corporate estimation ladder.  Bruce Tulgan, author of “It’s Okay to Manage Your Boss” (Jossey-Bass, 2010), advises employees to talk to their manager before the trip to crystallize their role and expectations. Who will be in charge of logistics like transportation, directions or reservations? Who will be making the presentation during the meeting or taking notes and writing up the trip report? “Whatever your role is, perform it to 110 percent of expectations,” Mr. Tulgan said. “You want to be known for excellence, productivity.”

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