What is managing up?

Managing up boils down to this: Making your boss’s job easier. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a sycophant, says Mary Abbajay, president and chief executive of Careerstone Group LLC and author of “Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss.” She says: “It is about learning how to work well with somebody who may work differently than you.” When you manage up effectively, she says, your relationship with your boss works for you, for your boss, and for the organization.