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  • You need connectors


    The other type of person Gladwell considered important to your network are connectors: people who know lots of people and keep in touch with them. They need to know you so they can introduce you to other people. My friend Meaghan is a connector. She makes friends while trying on hats in Paris. I met […]

  • Networking isn’t sleazing


    Networking isn’t sleazing. This tip exists for two reasons: Don’t be sleazy when you network. You know who you are. If you network and are helpful to others rather than collecting business cards to spam later, that is not sleazing. Have a few nice conversations with people you like. Look for mavens and connectors and […]

  • Look for sameness: celebrate the differences


    Appreciate what’s the same about you and your team, your colleagues and your boss. Whatever you have in common makes for the rapport that allows them to trust and like you. From trust and like comes great things. You or someone else in the team could be the outsider. Jonah Lehrer’s book Imagine outlined the […]

  • Find your allies


    Know who’s on your side. Have lunch with them. Buy them a coffee occasionally. Keep the relationship for when you might need it. Ask their advice. Make them feel heard. Help them out.

  • Read Machiavelli


    You should read Machiavelli if you want to understand politics in organisations. Pause here while I go download him to my Kindle. Here are some excellent quotes from him: “A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that […]

  • Look for patterns


    The world around you is telling you some interesting things. Find the patterns. And then consider the consequences of the patterns. I believe that eventually there will be a tunnel under the Blue Mountains, making Bathurst, NSW a dormitory suburb. My husband will not let me buy a lovely house there in anticipation. But you […]

  • Look for examples


    If you have a hunch that something is true (a person is doing you wrong, a product is failing, a team is unhappy), then look for examples. Three good examples beat hunches every time.

  • Stopping the whine


    Listening to complaining literally damages people’s brains. It takes away neurons from the hippocampus. Not only that, it drives people away from the complainer. Listening to it is just an unpleasant social experience. That is the opposite of a politically smart move. So don’t do it. Instead, take some responsibility and offer practical, proactive solutions. […]

  • Know the big picture in your department


    If your boss and their boss have a vision that’s written down, get a copy and understand it. If they don’t have one written down you can bet they still have a vision. Don’t be a whinger and ask them where the vision is and complain that it’s not there when asked what could be […]