“Do not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated”. It is the golden rule; the ethic of reciprocity. It is a maxim that is found in many religions and cultures across the globe. However, it may not always be applied in the everyday working world.

You might well know the feeling: you put a huge effort into a project but your supervisor just does not show any appreciation for it. You would be the next in line for a promotion but you keep being overlooked for more senior positions. Or you are just fed up being everyone’s servant. It is the moment when the golden rule begins to sway. You start acting edgy and rebellious; damaging the work atmosphere and your own reputation. And you start treating people around you unfairly yourself.

How can you prevent this from happening? Stop leaving the quality of the relationship between you and your manager solely in your manager’s hands – and start managing upwards! Try to figure out how to work more effectively by strategically using management techniques on your own manager.

So before clenching your fist in your pocket and marching into a battle of self-administered justice, communicate your priorities, seek feedback, anticipate your boss’s needs, and learn how to approach your superior with your problems. But always keep in mind: The best tricks impact your manager without him or her realizing it. So act subtly.

We are the sports practice of global advisory firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe. We provide strategy and communication advice for sports clients around the world. For more information: www.bcw-sport.com