Do you understand the importance of relationships in the workplace? Are you able to get things done in a way that doesn’t ruffle feathers? If your answer is “Yes,” very likely you’re seen as a mover and shaker. If “No” is your response, your effectiveness and reputation are suffering.
If you work with people, in systems, you need political awareness and organizational savvy. Here are a few tips that can help you be more politically savvy and effective:
- When introducing a new idea or project, identify all stakeholders – supporters and naysayers. Get to know their position. Anticipate how they might react.
- Engage with stakeholders. Learn about their attractions to the project and their objections.
- Identify influencers, even if they’re not the decision-makers. Their early buy-in can help you sell your good ideas.
- Find a mentor who is savvy. Stay close. Listen, watch and learn.