Have you ever tried to tell your manager something, but s/he do not want to listen? we all busy, but sometimes you have to force your manager to listen to you. here is my tips How to Force your Manager to Listen to You.
Step 1- use the hook:
Do not expect to have your manager full attention with too much information or a very detailed report. if you know that your manager is busy, and you try to let him /her read 10 pages report or you start talking for long, s/he will defiantly shut you down. Alternatively, try my hook theory, the hook theory plays on the human natural, human been are curious by natural. Just give your manager a half page report or short statement, something like: our project will be delayed 10 days, or a very brief report showing that the project cost is overrun and be ready for the next step.
Step 2- Prepare your defense:
Most probably, you will have your manager attention, but now you have to be ready for his / her questions. Be careful, DO NOT SHOW TOO MUCH INFORMATION. Although, you partially draw your manager attention, but this is not yet enough to show him / her every thing you have. Just be ready with a 2-3 pages report, or talk for 10 to 15 minutes about your subject. try to focus directly on the problem you face and its effect on your project or your organization. Now, get ready for the real battle.
Step 3- The real battle:
If you reached this stage, it means you have the full attention of your manager, you will know that you reached this stage from your manager, s/he may call for a meeting for involved parties, or simply will tell you, Ok i need to know all the details. by this stage you have the chance to explain all what you have and you will find who is listening.
Note: before you start Step 1, prepare yourself for step 2 and step 3. you may need to go to these steps immediately after the step 1. This method is working fine for me, and its conclusion, you need to get the manager attention before showing or raising a problem or a case in your work. Too much information will not draw the manager attention, curious will do.