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Episode #68: Managing Up

Episode #68: Managing UP

The “what” is easy. Craftwork is a specialty coffee shop and vibrant membership-based workspace with locations in Fort Worth (Foundry, Camp Bowie, Magnolia) and Austin (Domain). We serve craft coffee and are a connected coworking space. But you knew that already. Our “why” is our heart – we desire to create spaces and places where our members and customers experience connection and community.



When you think of “management,” what comes to mind? Many of us think of it as top down leadership where the boss gives instructions and feedback to her direct report. However, we believe one of the most important skills we can learn is “managing up”. In essence, it means taking ownership of your position. In this week’s Advocate, we want to encourage you with a simple practice that one person used to effectively manage up. We hope your own version  creates more ownership, less anxiety and more joy in your work.

In her own words, Khe Hy had experienced “countless hours of dealing with a churning stomach” not knowing if she was performing well in her job. So, she proactively created a weekly communication with her boss with a goal to make sure that they would be in sync. The process Ms. Hy created is simple and takes 15 minutes. Every Friday afternoon, she would send her boss a short email with three categories:

1) The work she had completed that week

2) What she was working on, including any obstacles she encountered

3) What she was waiting on (tasks that required sign-off from her boss or contributions from someone else)

Whether you adopt her specific practice or not, we hope how you proactively “manage up” with your boss improves your effectiveness, reduces any anxiety, and increases your rest. To learn more about Khe Hy’s approach, click here.


When you bring a friend who has never been to a Craftwork, we will give them a free drink of their choice (from our basics menu). (Honor code on bringing a friend new to Craftwork. Limit of 1 free drink per customer. Offer expires 9/30/19.)


Photoshop Workshop: Join Stacy Aguilar and Michelle Davis with Schoolhouse Creative on September 28th from 9am – 12pm at our Foundry location for a Beginner’s Photoshop Workshop. Visit their website for more information or to register. Check them out on Instagram @theschoolhousecreative.

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