When functional heads try to execute anything, they often find that many other functional heads are also involved in the equation. Since each one comes with many years of expertise in their domain, they often tend to have strong opinions on various subjects. A very ambitious project may also be too expensive. A company’s dream project may be an operational nightmare. What next?
Trouble often begins because everyone is right in their particular sphere of influence. If you want to become a leader in your organization, you need to know how to influence these colleagues so everyone agrees to the same thing.
In the third and final article for this month, we talk about the subtle, often tricky art of influencing sideways. In our next month’s series, you will find information on building your personal influence as well as personal branding.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when influencing your peers:
What struggles have you faced while trying to influence sideways? Share your thoughts with us by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org