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Susan M. Heathfield

You Need Allies at Work

By May 10, 2014

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Do you want to effectively accomplish your work mission and vision? If so, you need allies, people who support your ideas at work.

Forming these alliances takes time and energy, but they are worth the investment for the payback they provide. A positive, successful alliance is a collaboration that accomplishes great good for you and for your organization. Learn more about how and why to establish alliances at work.

Recognize the importance of alliances? Your most important alliance, to accomplish your work mission and achieve your goals, is the relationship you develop with your boss. A successful boss relationship is worth its weight in gold. You can take these steps to interact even more successfully with the person you fondly - or not - call boss.

Furthermore, alliances are no longer limited to fellow employees and your boss in your workplace. Strong alliances are developing, for people who take the time, through social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

If you want to remain relevant, the time you invest in social networking informs you, provides a network of people for collaboration and communication, enhances your professional reputation or brand, gives you alliances that last your entire career, and provides a safety net in the event of layoffs, career changes, and unemployment.

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