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1) How does networking increase a person's power? What networking strategies could you initiate now to potentially enhance your future career success?

2) A few years ago, the CEO of Apple Computer invited Steve Jobs (who was not associated with the company at the time) to serve as a special adviser and raise morale among Apple employees and customers. While doing this, Jobs spent more time advising the CEO on how to cut costs, redraw the organization chart, and hire new people. Before long, most of the top people at Apple were Job's colleagues, who began to systematically evaluate and weed out teams of Apple employees. While publicly supporting Apple's CEO, Jobs privately criticized him and, in a show of nonconfidence, sold 1.5 million shares of Apple stock he had received.

This action caught the attention of Apple's board of directors, who soon after decided to replace the CEO with Steve Jobs. The CEO claimed Jobs was a conniving back-stabber who used political tactics to get his way. Others suggest that Apple would be out of business today if he hadn't taken over the company. In your opinion, were Steve Job's actions examples of organizational politics? Justify your answer. Be sure cite your sources in APA style

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Networking refers to the ability of an individual or group of individuals to make contacts, exchange information, share experiences with others and ultimately make friends. Networking is very important in situations where one is looking for a new job, looking for customers, developing current career, exploring new career options or looking for any form of referrals. Networking has the ability to increase a person's power because it enables that person to building a network of friends. By doing so, a person increases his or her influence in the world. People who have a lot ...

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This solution discusses the importance of networking and how it increases a person's power. In addition, it discusses networking strategies that one could initiate to potentially enhance ones future career success.

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1. Enter into an established leader/employee "network".
2. Sense, as well as use, appropriate communication and influence behavior
3. Sense and appropriately act on keen organizational norms.
4. Become aware of, and sensitively interact with, organizational "blockers" and "enablers"
5. Build political bridges by identifying and relating to key formal/informal power sources
6. Become known as a "go-to/can-do" individual.
7. Be perceived as a "team-player"
8. Sense key organizational issues upon which to create early vision, initiatives and value
9. Identify and appropriately respond to the requirements of superior-peers-subordinates
10. Be perceived as having organizationally appropriate ethics, values and beliefs

Please note that these are behavioral skill categories, not actual behaviors You likely use many of the actual behaviors (such as interpersonal communication) within each and every day. Consider:

In your view, how important is your early effort in a new leadership role to your enduring success in the job?

Does the above list of "socio-political skill" categories match your sense of what is most required to help ensure a leader's early and enduring success in a new position/role?

What might you add or subtract here to help insure the most effective transition into a new job?

Presuming you already have practiced some or all of these ten items, how did you learn to do so?

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