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ASPECT'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS AT WORK


Know the Organization

It is important, of course, to know who your boss is. But it is just as important to know who their boss is. Knowing where the real "power" lies is important.

You need to know:

  1. who makes what decisions?
  2. who can influence the decision makers?
  3. where do you fit in?

Start by keeping a simple list:

My boss   
His/Her boss   
Anyone higher?  
Anyone equal to my boss?   
Who is between me and my boss?   

You may want to draw this information in the form of a chart - especially if you work for a large or complex organization. It will help you understand the "workplace politics" - and that will be helpful when you want to move up.