Elena's new manager hadn't dealt with anyone like & before, so it was on Elena to get the best results for both of them by managing up.
Quite simply, managing up refers to doing whatever you can to make your boss's job easier. It's essentially teaching your manager how to manage you, and effectively managing your relationship with them.
A Wall Street Journal article referred to the concept as "stretching yourself," or going "above and beyond the tasks assigned to you so that you can enhance your manager's work."
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