Ever wish you had better insight into what's going on at your organization? Keeping up with developments is smart, especially in this economy.
1. Compare notes -- Are you hearing things the same way as others are? Many managers get derailed because they misinterpret what they hear.
2. Read the tea leaves together -- Leaders make and write many pronouncements. But often, what they say isn’t always the best way to behave if you want to succeed.
3. Blow off steam -- If you hold everything in and don’t vent occasionally, it’s not as much a statement about your fantastic inner strength as it’s a precursor of high blood pressure.
4. Get assistance with your programs -- Even if your ally isn’t in the same department or division, (s)he may be able to help you get your programs or plans into action.
5. Celebrate each others' wins -- Of course, you have friends and family to pat you on the back when a big bonus comes in or a promotion occurs. But those in the same company know a lot more about what it may have taken to get it.
6. Have a lobbyist -- People who argue on behalf of another are seen to have less of a vested interest.
7. Go out for a drink after a really tough meeting/day/week -- I don’t always encourage the use of booze (or other substances). But once in a while, going out and decompressing with people who just shared a battle is really worthwhile.
8. Get/give a pat on the back -- Guess what? Some bosses aren’t very good at recognizing their subordinates. Having an “attaboy” from your ally is a real boost, encouraging more of the same behavior.
9. Talk about your personal life with someone in a similar situation -- Of course, you should talk with your partner, best pal, husband, wife, mom, or dad. But a business buddy knows what you’re going through all day long and may have more empathy. This is a particularly big issue for guys. Women are better than guys when it comes to sharing this type of information.
10. Congratulate someone you care about who's getting ahead ---You know how hard it is, so make sure you give them a big nod. Most people neglect to congratulate.
I realize that for many of you, going it alone may seem easier or even stronger. But it rarely works as well.