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Ways and Means for Managing Up by F. William Smullen

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Get a Seat at the Table

As a child, did you ever get invited to a holiday dinner at Grandma’s and hope to get seated at the table with the grownups but instead were banished to another room with the rest of the kids? It’s an especially disappointing and even lonely feeling when you’re left out of the adults’ talk, especially when you think you can contribute to the conversation.

It’s not too different, if you think about it, to be excluded from the executive table at work when you just might benefit from hearing what your managers and even your peers who did get invited have to say. The question is, How do you gain and, more important, maintain ...

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