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Influencing Power Players

Q.  I'm new at this job and have been trying to get my boss' attention, and let him know that I take my career seriously and really want to get ahead. He doesn't seem to notice me or my work (and I do send memos every time I do something worth notice.). Any other suggestions?

Ans. Power Players are special people and require special handling. And your boss is one of those. According to Dirk Schlimm, author of Influencing Powerful People there are things you can do to show you're to be regarded as a confidant, a contributor and, most important, a team player. Understand and appreciate what he's trying to accomplish, says Schlimm. Let him know you understand and show you can help him do it. Also learn to listen better, and work on your people skills. Also, keep writing those memos in triplicate: one for your boss, one for his boss, and one for your file.).

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