Building relationships is a key element to succeeding in office politics, because you need to have allies supporting your efforts. In this video, Dorie shares how to make yourself familiar and relevant to key players at work, and how to keep the connection going over time.
- Once you've determined who you need to influence…it's time to develop a strategy to do it…in an authentic and helpful way.…This isn't about wantonly brown-nosing.…Instead, it's about getting a know-people…so that you're best ideas can get recognized and heard.…Here's how.…You can't influence people if you're not around them.…That doesn't have to mean physically.…You could cultivate familiarity with someone…across the globe if you email or Skype regularly…but it's important to make sure…that whatever your preferred vehicle,…they're getting to know you over time.…
Perhaps, you can join a committee they serve on…or you could arrive to a meeting they're chairing early…to set up or you could simply be sure…to send a congratulatory note if their team has a big win.…Small thoughtful gestures build up over time.…Making yourself familiar is a great first step…but it's not sufficient unless your goal is simply…to be viewed as a nice person.…Now, you need to make yourself relevant…so that they both like you and realize that they should be…
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- Building social proof and goodwill
- Exhibiting authenticity
- Defining your workplace goals
- Identifying key decision makers
- Strengthening relationships
- Identifying company values
- Connecting your colleagues