The world is divided into people who do things – and people who get the credit (Dwight Morror)
Organizations have hierarchies and they do mean something. The trend may be towards flatter organization structures and more informal styles, but senior people are, well – senior. There is something of a balancing act to be done therefore. When you come to this situation, remember that you need to
- Cultivate friendly relationships
- Maintain an appropriate degree of respect and distance
- Create a good working relationship with people
Balance respect with involvement to create appropriate positioning on the hierarchical ladder.
Assuming that you are relating to people in the right sort of way, another important factor is timing. Therefore, – Consider timing carefully – Plan and schedule ahead as far as possible – Stick to time
Source : The Managing Upwards, Patrick Forsyth