If it’s your first time working with an executive with an open-mind style, you might need a bit of time to adjust! If you have been micromanaged in the past or worked with a bureaucrat, you won’t know whether to laugh or cry now. The open manager will take your opinions on board and run with ideas, but they might not always tell you how they want those concepts implemented.
How to recognize an open manager
The manager with an open style values an autonomous and team-orientated system. Open managers have general goals and don’t always give specific directions. They do value relationships and enjoy chatting informally to get things done on occasion. Their team dynamic will be important to them. They enjoy networking. They will have an open-door policy whether literally or figuratively.
How to deal with an open manager
Approach them with ideas, don’t sit back. Encourage them to be specific if you need more direction in implementing their vision. Include social aspect to your 1 to 1s to progress your working relationship. Make your own decisions.
The disadvantages of working with an open manager
If you want to clock in and out and just do your work to the letter of what you were hired to do, with a minimum of fuss and disruption, then this might not be the environment for you. Your manager will want more contribution from you, they don’t want robots as employees. They will want you to have job satisfaction as they see this is a reflection of their effectiveness as a manager.
The advantages of working with an open manager
There is an opportunity here to take on more responsibility than just what is laid out in your job spec. So if you are ambitious, career-minded and looking to the future, this is an ideal manager to work under as they will be delighted if you approach them about training, mentorship or simply to offer to take on more duties or suggest better ways of doing things. Remember that an open-minded and open-door style doesn’t mean that you can get overly familiar, you still need to show respect.