Managing upwards

Developing strong internal stakeholder relationships will benefit your career

03 Jul, 2022 Interpersonal communication, Managing upwards, Reputation, trust, stakeholder relations, Workplace relationships

Many people hate office/organizational politics. But staying out of such activities may hold back your career. As a communicator, especially if you are head of the communication function, you are responsible for building productive relationships throughout the office/organization so you can influence people beyond your formal area of authority and beyond headquarters. This is even more important in today’s world, when many people are working remotely or in hybrid mode. There is no doubt that developing strong internal stakeholder relationships will benefit you in organizational politics and will benefit your own career at the same time.

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How to say “No” to people without upsetting them when you are overloaded with work

19 Oct, 2020 Interpersonal communication, Managing upwards, Personal productivity, Workplace relationships

Are you piled high with workplace time demands, media deadlines or client expectations? Are you trying to cram too many activities into too little time? Has COVID-19 added more pressure to your workday time, whether in the office or working from home? You probably face this type of situation every day. But when you are overloaded, you can learn how to say “No” without upsetting people.

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Ways to promote your value to the organization

01 Jun, 2020 Careers, Managing upwards, Networking, first impressions, Proving PR value, Workplace relationships

Working with your boss requires a balancing act. On one hand you need to know how best to work with your boss and maintain a good relationship. (Read my article “Successfully manage your boss to boost your career.”) On the other hand, you need to know how to emerge from the background and assert your own standing within the organization, to promote your value to the organization.

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Successfully manage your boss to boost your career

01 Jun, 2020 Careers, Managing upwards, PR management, Proving PR value, Workplace relationships

‘Managing upwards’ is the systematic process of working with your boss to obtain the best possible results for you, your boss and your organization. When you manage upwards, you show leadership on your own part. What’s more; when you successfully manage your boss you boost your career prospects.

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How to win top-level support for your communication role

01 Jun, 2020 Careers, Managing upwards, Proving PR value, Reputation, trust, stakeholder relations

When I joined a billion dollar engineering company as corporate affairs manager, I found my CEO thought internal communication should mostly comprise propaganda and gloss. He was only interested in good news being communicated to employees. This approach meant that important and difficult issues were not shared with staff, even though the company was struggling as the economy turned down. It was a frustrating time because employees knew the communication wasn’t candid and therefore they tended to distrust communication from management. This experience proved to me how important it is to win top-level support for your communication role.

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Become more influential in your corporate communication role

01 Jun, 2020 Careers, Managing upwards, Proving PR value

Influence at work is an elusive quest. We all seek how to create more influence for ourselves among our workplace peers and bosses. Some people know intuitively how to become more influential, but most of us grapple with the right formula for success. Here's how you can become more influential in your corporate communication role. Julie O’Neil conducted a fascinating study of 309 US corporate PR practitioners to determine what factors contribute most to ...

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How to make a top strategy presentation

01 Jun, 2020 Managing upwards, PR management, PR planning, strategy, budgeting

One of the crucial tests of a communicator is winning the approval of senior management for a recommended strategy, whether it relates to communication or more general management issues. How to make a top strategy presentation A bullet proof way to present a strategy to top management and the executive committee is to work to the formula below. James Lukaszewski, one of the most experienced US PR consultants says it is proven in use. ...

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Managing up will help your career

01 Jun, 2020 Careers, Managing upwards, PR management, Workplace relationships

Making a point of getting positively noticed by senior management, especially your immediate boss, is a career-enhancing move. Being recognized as being good at your job is the best way to be noticed. Effective communicators find ways for their strengths, abilities and willingness to make the extra effort to be seen by those who count. There is no doubt that managing up will help your career.

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