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How to Manage Upwards (and Sideways)
Episode 11826th April 2022 • You Are Not A Frog • Dr Rachel Morris
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Every workplace has a hierarchy. Whether you are a trainee, a colleague, or a boss (or all three!), the hierarchy can influence everything from everyday working practices to relational dynamics. However, sometimes, it can feel much harder communicating upwards than down. Factors like fear and under-confidence can lead you to speak up less and be more hesitant to discuss issues. But building trust, and putting your voice out there will benefit your team as well as you.

Today, we have two guests on You are Not a Frog: Dr Claire Edwin and Dr Keerthini Muthuswamy. They talk about their experiences working within a hierarchical system as junior doctors and share what they have found to be essential if you want to build trust and foster good relationships with your seniors, your juniors, and your peers. 

If you want to know how you can build trust and influence your workplace, and manage upwards and sideways this episode is just for you!

3 reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Find out why a hierarchy can be both a help and a hindrance.
  2. Overcome the barriers set down by hierarchies to influence your workplace for the better.
  3. Learn how to approach conversations and which questions you can ask to build trust and good relationships with your colleagues.

Episode Highlights

  • [04:56] The Impact of a Title
  • [07:08] The Impact of a Hierarchy
  • [09:58] The “I’m Just a Trainee” Mentality
  • [14:46] Build Trust and Influence
  • [18:24] The Real Problem
  • [27:46] Asking and Conversing
  • [36:21] What Creates Good Working Relationships
  • [43:57] Relationships and Influence
  • [46:12] Kit and Claire’s Top Three Tips for Managing Horizontally
  • [48:01] Rachel’s Top Tips for Managing Upwards and Sideways


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