Managing Up with Alison Jennings

Managing up is defined by the Harvard Business Review as, “Being the most effective employee you can be, creating value for your boss and your company.” While it is a good skill to have, in this episode of Business Edge, special guest Alison Jennings argues that there needs to be a balance. She proposes that this balance can be achieved by finding a boss who is a good fit for you and is knowledgeable about your role. She also speaks to how exactly to do this during the interview process so that interviewees can spot potential red flags before they commit to a role.

Alison is Vice-Chair of the Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation Board of Directors and an alum of Oakland University’s Mu Nu chapter. She’s an experienced finance and accounting professional and is currently the Senior Director of Finance at Goodkind Co. Alison focuses on creating efficiencies and process improvement while supporting overall business needs. She has a passion for numbers and an analytical mind which helps her excel in diverse team dynamics.

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