G is for… Grapevine

Do not underestimate the power of the informal communications network in your organisation.

This is the place you will get to find out everything; from project slippages, new opportunities, all the way to re-assignment of resources, before they are formally announced. In fact, you’ll find out stuff there that won’t ever be announced. Keeping ahead of the game is essential if you are to get the good projects and enhance your reputation as the big cheese of Project Management.

Keep your grapevine contacts active, contribute to the information flow, and take what you can from the grapevine. One thing you need to be mindful of is differentiating the gossip and conjecture from the actual information – after all you don’t want to go off half-cocked, do you?

The grapevine is also an excellent mechanism to publish information to the wider community about your project too. Perhaps you need to get the word out that you are looking for resources. Word gets round surprisingly fast.

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