This technique works best with any employee but works great if you are a people manager.
Next time you hop on to a call with your manager and they ask you ‘how are you doing’, it’s time you stop answering it with the usual ‘I’m good, thanks, how are you’ response.
For one, this instantly eradicates the epidemic of predictability from you, so you could stand out from your boss’ other subordinates.
Two, it gets the conversation rolling and,
Three, the most important one, is that it shows you are on top of your game (if you want to be, that is).
So, then what else to reply to the ‘How are you?’ question from your boss? Here’s the thing:
“Well, I just finished my compensation discussions with all the 15 folks, and the product release went smooth, as you know!” — you get the point – just talk anything that you’ve done after your last call/meeting with the boss. It could be an obvious one, but that’s okay. In fact, that’s the point – start with the obvious ones and you’ll be amazed at where that conversation leads. Sometimes, your boss himself/herself is paranoid about what to talk and how to start the meeting. This will not only help him/her, but also puts you in the lead throughout the meeting. The battle well begun, is half won – and a meeting with a manager is no less, because every interaction counts and you’re obviously being scored. So, get that done well with this mindset.
Cheers and good luck!