Your Keys to Power

Business Planning

Business Planning

When thinking politically today, you have to uncover the many tools you

possess that you’re not using, overcome any resistance you may have to activating

them, then apply them aggressively in a structured pattern of getting ahead.

Consider the assets you may not be using:

Beliefs and interests. If you have strong political, moral, spiritual, or other

beliefs, don’t keep them a secret on the job. Hobbies, sports, and other interests

can also gain you an immediate set of connections.

Heritage. While discriminating against people makes you an anachronistic legal

liability, don’t be reluctant to take advantage of your cultural, religious, racial, or

national background when selecting a firm to work for or when building

alliances.

Education and schooling. Look for well-placed alumni of your alma mater.

Review what you studied to be sure you are not neglecting skills ort interests

that could help you rise on the job.

Appearance. An average appearance shouldn’t slow you down in business–but

if you’re better than average looking, you already stand apart from the crowd.

Don’t rely on good looks exclusively, but count them as an asset that can help

you look the part for a leadership role.

Linguistic ability. If you grew up speaking a second language or acquired

proficiency through study, you have a valuable tool. Use it to build ties to others

who speak the same language, and look for opportunities to help your business

move into foreign markets or establish ties abroad.

Community. Do you live in the same community as colleagues or members of

upper management? Sharing a commute–or some talk about town politics and

other community concerns–can strengthen a valuable alliance.

Home. If you can use your home to host power parties, why not?

Family. Don’t be reluctant to call upon your relatives for advice or help. And

sharing talk with colleagues about children’s schooling and other family matters

can establish a comfortable common ground with fellow workers. If your

spouse can offer advice to your colleagues on various concerns such as real

estate, investments, etc., don’t be shy about taking advantage of it.

Possessions. Do you collect paintings, cars, or stamps? Don’t hesitate to make

these interests known at work–you may find a network of other people who

share you interests.

Personality. You can build an alliance based on this elusive factor. Do you have

a keen sense of humor? Are you a hard-boiled skeptic or grump? There traits

can work for you. Look for people who share your outlook and stop by to laugh

about some recent event, or exchange grumpy thoughts.

Style. Are you a sophisticate, a jock, a chic dresser, a tweedy rumpled type, or

something else? You may have to make some stylistic modifications to survive

in certain businesses, but look for colleagues who share your approach–you’ll

experience a higher level of comfort and better communication with them.

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