Years back I used to have a bad habit.
Every Friday — I would stop by the CEO’s office and share the good, the bad, and the ugly, related to the happenings of the day.
My CEO of course would then take that information and dwell on it over the weekend.
This resulted in a less than happy boss.
On Mondays he would share his frustration and sometimes ideas on resolving some of the challenges we faced in the business.
We had an open relationship.
We’d share everything with each other both business and personal.
All in an effort to help each other grow — and the business to grow.
I didn’t think doing a daily info dump with the boss was a bad thing.
One day I was talking with a friend of mine who shared some advice.
He told me that I should never share bad news with a CEO on Friday.
The thought had never occurred to me but it seemed to make sense.
I wanted my CEO to be happy.
I didn’t want to bum the guy out.
I wanted to bring him the information he needed when he needed it.
And so I accepted the rule that…
My CEO didn’t need bad news on Friday.
He didn’t need the company’s ugly underneath to dwell on over the weekend.
He needed to have a good weekend with his family.
And so I stopped sharing bad news on Friday’s.
Your boss doesn’t need bad news on Friday afternoon.
Your boss doesn’t need your unscheduled daily update all of the time either.
Part of managing up is to provide your boss with information at the right time and in the right way.
Walking into your bosses office and just info dumping what you did today doesn’t provide him or her much value.
It doesn’t provide you much value either.
Other than maybe some cathartic acknowledgment that you did something that day.
Don’t waste your CEO’s time.
Share when you need to share.
Build the behavior of — No Bad Friday’s.