The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world

How to navigate office politics.

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose.  I am a speaker and author.  I am an expert in time and project management.

I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable and have time to enjoy life even if they don’t have time to learn new technology or train their staff.  .  I have a knack for turning big ideas into on time and profitable projects.

At the end of the day, I give people peace of mind.

Today’s question came from a busy professional interested in freeing some time and space to advance in his career.

sharkHow can women navigate office politics while staying professional.

Regardless of whether you are male or female, the most effective way to get ahead in an office environment is to do the following:

1)    Avoid gossip, rumors and negative judgments.  Stay professional at all times.

2)    Stay in control of your emotions.  Stay calm and don’t take anything personally.  If you feel yourself becoming emotional, excuse yourself and regain your composure and confidence.  (I have some great tips on how to regain your composure without leaving the room as well).

3)    Consistently quantify your results and performance toward the company goals, mission and visions.

4)    Publicize your results in metrics of $$:  increased revenue or decreased costs; increased customer satisfaction or reduce time to market.

5)    Think like the owner and treat the company like your company, regardless of your job title.  Take the initiative beyond your defined title, role and responsibilities.  Be responsible for creating leads, sales, promotions and illustrating that your company is the thought leader in their field.  Companies are in the business to make money.

6)    Compliment, acknowledge and publicly recognize other team member’s contributions to your successes.

7)     Become an effective business networker, team lead and team builder toward the company’s bottom line.  Recognize that you can accomplish more with a complementary team or entourage around you.  If your manager is the only one that knows your value, you are doing a disservice to yourself.

In general, when you continue to focus on the larger corporate picture, you will be able to stay unattached to temporary situations and avoid many of the in-fighting and politics.   Start solving the higher-level, Big Picture, COMMON GOALS instead of the silos and individual project concerns.  Focus on the company WIN versus individual wins.

If you are interested in a more detail program on these things, we have offer several intensive workshops from the 6 Critical Training Areas. (Technical Mastery, Exceptional Performance, Business Networking That Makes the Difference, True Leadership – the transformation from Worker Bee to Queen Bee, Communication that Matters, The Difference between playing with time and controlling it).

I know your situation is different. Why don’t we schedule an appointment, where I get to know more about your unique situation? And then I will be happy to make recommendations on what your best steps are moving forward.  To schedule an appointment, book it HERE.

With enough notice, it would be my honor to guest-speak at no cost to your group organization.

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About the Author

Laura is a Corporate Exit Strategist for the Blooming Entrepreneur. She is a certified business and personal life coach, specializing in time management skills, project management training and work/life balance strategies. She has been in the software and testing industry for over 20 years. She’s worked with such companies as IBM, Ericsson, Staples, Fidelity Investments and Sogeti in various client advocacy and project management roles. The techniques she uses in her business coaching and client advocacy work saved these companies both time and money, which resulted in on-time, quality product delivery with higher client satisfaction. Laura now uses her client focus, project, quality and people management skills in her personal life coaching career. As a personal life coach, she helps people transform their life by integrating their goals and dreams into their everyday lives. Laura uses creative and practical tools to help her clients realize what really matters to them. She helps others to easily transition into their next chapter whether it’s the next ladder of success within their corporate environment or into the entrepreneurial playground. I am not a fan of choosing to act in spite of fear. Rather, together we will collaborate toward a plan of inspired action. We will develop a plan together that you feel confident and excited about. For us, Taking The Leap will be magical, exhilarating and natural. If you are eager to take that next logical step but are unsure what it is signup for the Corporate Exit Strategy Coaching group. We have books, tapes, training materials, twice-monthly group coaching events, 3-day workshops, and individual coaching sessions to help you on your way toward your freedom and prosperity.
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