1) What am I doing that you want me to keep doing?
2) What am I doing that you want to me quit doing?
3) What am I not doing that you'd like me to start doing?
There you have it in a nutshell--you can partner with your boss to improve yourself and get ahead.
Just three easy questions gets you a lot of good information.
The hardest part is getting up the nerve to ask and then being willing to really listen to what's said. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)