Cultivating personal, positive relationships with everyone makes life challenging. But since you never know when you’ll need someone’s support or help, it’s vital to your success.
A few of the people you should cultivate:
- Your manager’s manager (and even above that; the higher your acquaintances, the better).
- Your manager’s staff.
- Your manager’s family and friends.
- Administrative staff at higher and lower levels.
- Your administrative peers.
- Human resources/benefits managers and staff.
- Accounting managers and staff.
- People from other departments and other divisions.
- Clients and potential customers.
- Vendors (whether your company or organization currently is doing business with them or not).
- Salespeople (good relationships can lead to lower prices).
- Mail-room staff.
- Janitorial or maintenance staff.
It’s a long list, and you can probably think of many others. But the point is, says Inner Circle Assistant author Joan Burge: “The more people you know who, in turn, know you—as a good person, hard worker, advocate for their personal and professional lives and superconnector—the wider the web of support you create around you, and the stronger it becomes.”
During a setback, your web can be a lifesaver. And the rest of the time, you can feel more confident just knowing it’s there.