Everyone Has An Agenda
A manager that continually caves is perceived as a pushover
As you are approached by others, and you will be approached, it is imperative to evaluate what is being said, and what is NOT being said. Evaluate the full situation, and make the determination. It is acceptable to “stand by your guns” and stick to your agenda.
I had a manager once, whose agenda wavered with whichever person in upper management he wanted or needed to appease or get off his back at the time. One day, he would be screaming, asking for the game plan to increase the amount of interviews. The next day he would be screaming about a plan to increase the amount of enrolled students. What he didn’t realize is that his constant panic created more friction than anything. I stuck with my agenda every time, and the end results were always plausible. It eventually got me promoted to a campus leadership position.