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Identify all of your stakeholders … the people who are affected by your work, immediately and at a distance. Your monthly report may only go to 3-4 people but the information in it may get passed along or acted upon by dozens of others. Start to invite your stakeholders to lunch one or two at a time and just get to know them.
What’s their life story? What’s important to them? What are they trying to accomplish? You may even want to make notes on index cards so you can remember what’s important to these people who are critical to your career, directly or indirectly.