Let’s start with the premise that most of the time it is in your boss’s interest for you to succeed. When that’s true, it is in your best interest to help your boss help you. This is not about doing your boss’s job for them or asking them to do your work. It is about taking a disciplined approach to helping your boss review your work, provide insights, and help you move things forward. Do that by 1) Clarifying what you’ve already gotten done; 2) Explicitly asking for their insights, and 3) Pointing them in the right direction to best leverage their clout.