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Forge alliances the easy way

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You want more allies at work, but you’re not a natural at making friends. Perhaps you’re too quiet, prickly or blunt.

That’s fine. Be yourself—as long as you follow these rules:

Wait to give advice until it’s clearly wanted. Don’t rush to give “what I would do” lectures or drop hints of how others should proceed.

Withhold negative judgments, at least for now. Look for traits and behaviors that you admire, even if a colleague’s more obnoxious side stands out.

Fill needs. Listen for “If only I had” or “I could really use” statements. Then try to satisfy others’ needs, even if they don’t ask you outright or expect anything from you. Example: After a peer says, “I wish I could remember all these steps” as you show him how to access hard-to-find data, provide a written list of steps the next day.

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