Many people simply kiss up to the boss. They forget about their colleagues or people reporting to them. Don’t fall into this trap.
Once you graduate from high school you are more likely to be in touch with your fellow students than you are with your teacher. It’s the students that studied with you that might become a business connection, a future date or help you get what you want in your life. If you simply kissed up to the teacher you might have gotten an “A” in that class, but the future benefits of a good network would have disappeared.
It’s the same with your work. If you focus on your boss and forget your colleagues, people that report to you, the receptionist, the cleaner, or whoever – you are thinking really short term.
Don’t be a fake. Someone who “kisses up” to people who are “important” and forget the “non-important” people. It’s a myth that the most important person in your careers success is your boss.
Hedge your bets, what happens if your boss leaves the company – would you now be left stranded?
Your boss might have the job title but her secretary could be the actual decision maker. You have a long career ahead of you – you never know who is going to be a future client, boss or colleague.
Kiss up to everyone – it’s a better longer term strategy.
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