As a manager, you're often subject to changes prompted by office politics—for instance, the rise of one leader and the departure of another, and a corresponding shift in corporate priorities. Here's how to stay aware of changing circumstances and learn to navigate them successfully to gain support for your best ideas.
- There's nothing sadder than a great idea…or a great career sidelined by corporate politics.…And yet we have all seen it.…One leader leaves and another comes in…and priorities change over night,…a major initiative gets shelved…because it was the pet project of the other guy…and the new leader needs to make his mark.…That's not really fair, but it's often reality.…And to be adaptable as a manager…you need to be aware of those changing circumstances…and nimble enough to navigate them successfully…so you can gain support for your best ideas.…
Here are some ways to do that.…First, don't align too closely with any one leader.…Of course, it's great to have mentors,…and if you can cultivate a senior leader as a sponsor,…fantastic, because that will undoubtedly open up…a lot of doors for your career.…But even then, it's important to develop an identity…beyond that of your sponsor.…You don't want everyone in the organization,…when your name comes up,…to say, oh that's George's mini-me,…or he's Theresa's favorite.…That might be fine in the moment,…
- Identify three elements that enable managers to be adaptable in the midst of growth.
- Recognize examples of four purposes of feedback.
- Summarize a strategy that managers use to create an environment where employees feel safe to take risks.
- Explain the approach to take as an adaptable manager when working with various types of employees.
- Recall the characteristics of a curious, adaptable manager.