Know Who You Are Talking To, by Adam Scholl
To function organizations require large numbers of people to work for them. This sometimes results in brothers, friends, cousins, married couples, and extended families working for the same corporation; sometimes coworkers get married and continue to work for the same company. Get to know who is who in the organization. You can do this by asking your boss and coworkers if any of their family members work in the organization. This may help to ensure that you do not say the wrong thing to the wrong person. Equally important, you need to review the organizational chart so that you know who you are talking to on a hierarchical level. By doing this, you will ensure that you understand the person’s position when talking to him or her which is important because you need to understand the authority the person brings to the discussion. It is also important for you to understand your company’s organizational chart because it will have an impact on your career. Additional organizational layers can result in disruptions and delays within your own department, which will affect your ability to advance as a professional. The key point to remember is that decisions made at the top can and will affect your career.