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My manager is fairly new to the company, and a month ago he gave me a lengthy assignment and told me he needed it completed within six weeks. After a month of work, I told him I have a draft. He said that things had changed and he no longer needed it. How should I deal with this?

There is definitely something missing in your managerís style, and that missing something is your manager. It is possible that he does not realize that when he assigns a project to an employee, he should maintain regular communication with that employee throughout the life of the project. If there are key changes that impact the project, he needs to communicate them. At the same time, he may be a manager who expects his employees to come to him for feedback along the way.

Either way, since he does not maintain regular contact with you, you should maintain regular contact with him. You can do this through brief stand-up meetings, phone calls, or email. This will allow you to learn about changes on your projects and obtain the feedback you need to do the project correctly.

At the very least, your manager will be pleased that work is being done to his specifications. It is also possible that he will see that this two-way communication has helped build the working relationship, save time, and generate high quality work. While this can be a subtle way to help him manage, the reality is that if he is not a communicative manager, you need to be a communicative employee.

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