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‘See, that’s my work’

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Ask a small business owner about her top managers and she’ll probably rave about their skills. But ask a VP at a huge company to differentiate between the dozens of managers in her division and she may lack a true sense of each person’s strengths.

If you work in a big organization, make sure the top brass can see your work. Take these steps:

1. Create a task force. When you’re working on a key project, ask influential peers and their bosses in other departments to join a task force. Explain that you want to get input from diverse sources of expertise and generate company-wide buy-in. Limit the task force’s role to a few short meetings so that it’s not burdensome. Then circulate your research, reports and proposals to the entire group so that more people can appreciate your contributions.

2. Collect data from honchos. In developing your ideas, find a reason to gather facts or insights directly from senior execs. Example: To propose expense control measures, set up meetings with division heads to collect their “best practices” in cutting costs. Get your boss’s blessing to interview bigwigs before you contact them. Then update them on your findings.

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