Do you think you work for your boss? Who? The one boss that you report to? The answer is no.
You always work for 5 managers. Your reporting manager, whom I said is your customer in one the previous blogs, can hire and fire you. However, as most managers are well trained and educated, you end up working for 5 managers.
If your manager’s name is say Joe. Determine your 5 managers or Joes in your organization. These other 4 Joes influence your actual Joe in making most decisions about your hiring, firing, promotions, important projects, etc.
The typical Joes from my perspective would be (say if you are a product manager) 1. Joe’s boss 2. Marketing Manager 3. VP/GM/ head of your product group or business 4. The most influential person in your organization, it could that sales manager, support person, IT person, Finance or anyone whom your Joe is allied with, and finally 5. Joe.
So, your stakeholders are as important as your manager itself.