Talk about squad goals.This person highly respects the tangible value you add to the company's bottom line and they love cultivating talent that the company can retain.
How to connect: Don't be afraid to spark a conversation in the elevator with your boss or the head of your department. Present new ideas or procedures that are relevant, solve problems, or save the company money. Find a way to make their highly stressful jobs a tad bit easier and get to know what makes them tick. Also, I learned to talk less and listen more. Successful leaders I've known typically never trust people they perceive as too chatty or know-it-alls.
None of this is about back-biting or scandal-style scheming. It's all about getting beyond your desk and into some real relationship-building that actually forges authentic connections, helps you grow as a person, and returns the favor through value-adding and innovation.
Talk about squad goals.
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