Power maps are a useful tool in understanding who has decision-making power in an organization, and who influences those influencers. In this video, Dorie shows what a power map is and how to create one, so that your ideas will have the best chance of being heard and breaking through.
- You can't succeed at office politics…if you don't know where the power lies.…That's where power maps come in.…I used to work in politics as a spokesperson…for a presidential campaign,…and power maps were a tool that we…and other campaigns used frequently.…Basically, a power map is a visual rendering…of who is influential around a given topic,…and then who influences them.…Obviously, this is useful because if you really…want to be effective, you don't want to waste your time…persuading people who don't have decision making authority.…
You want to know whose say so matters in a given situation,…and who they listen to.…A power map helps you accomplish that.…To create a power map,…and note that you can download…the exercise file to do exactly that,…start with the person you want to influence.…For instance, let's say it's your boss,…and you want to persuade her…to approve a new initiative you're proposing.…Of course, you can and will be lobbying your boss…directly about it, but sometimes that's not enough.…Like all people, influential professionals…
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