Organizations are, by their very nature, “political” to some degree—in the sense that certain people in the company hold power disproportionate to their positions. In some cases, you may find that getting ahead in your company will be tied to your ability to emulate the style of your superiors. While it is not recommended you try to become a clone of key managers, to say that you do not have to concern yourself with company politics would be naïve.

One of the best, if not the easiest, ways of gaining recognition from key superiors is to take on those jobs that no one else wants to do—providing you’re doing them for the right person and it’s the right kind of job. Taking on a boring assignment involving little effort is likely to be unappreciated. But taking charge of a highly visible effort, such as the corporate charity fundraising in your company, could gain you important recognition.

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