Winning at office politics could begin with this key question, “Who am I dependent on to get my job done?”
Certainly, you’re dependent on your boss. But aren’t you also dependent on certain peers, whose collaboration is critical? And aren’t there other external contacts whose help you occasionally need to do your work really well?
Those are the relationships that matter most. And it’s a good idea to overestimate who’s in your network. Think, “Have I built the right relationships with those people? Do they trust me? Can I influence them, and can they influence me?”
If the answer to those questions is “no,” says Harvard Business School Professor Linda Hill, then you haven’t built the right relationships. Invest some portion of each day—even the busiest days—to cultivate critical relationships.
— Adapted from “How to Manage Your Network,” Big Think.