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Q Whenever the president visits our department, my colleague, Stan, corners him and monopolizes his time. I can’t get a word in. Stan brags and shows off and basically clings to the president so that no one else can get to him. How can I make an impression?

A Here are three possible solutions. First, tell your immediate boss. A sympathetic supervisor might arrange for the president to drop by when Stan’s away. Second, write up your best ideas or a progress report on your most important projects. Put it in an envelope and slip it to the president as he walks by. Of course, get your supervisor’s buy-in first. Finally, suggest to your supervisor that the two of you arrange a meeting with the president to discuss ways your department can make a greater contribution. Work around Stan rather than openly vying for attention.

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