It is lonely at the top. That’s a fact borne out in my work with senior leaders. The higher up the organization you go, the fewer peers you have. The people giving you advice have their own agendas, not nefarious…
I often hear complaints about the nefarious activities of peers and colleagues. People will tell me about colleagues who bear them ill will and deliberately try to undermine them or brief against them with superiors. I am not saying no one is ever out to get you, but I do think it’s important to look for the hard evidence.
What evidence have got to support your paranoia? You haven’t been invited to a meeting, possibly deliberate, possibly an oversight. The easiest way to find out is to ask directly. “How come you didn’t invite me to that meeting?” will get you further than sulking and hinting. “Please make sure to invite me next time” is also easier to follow up on if you continue to be left out. Don’t overthink. Most people are too busy worrying about themselves to plot your downfall. And making your expectations clear will put the others on notice.
This came from my monthly newsletter archives, read avidly each month by over 2,000 senior executives. To receive it directly in your inbox, sign up here corrieshanahan.com
The audio version of my new book, “Do it, Mean it, Be it, The Keys to Achieve Success, Happiness, and Everything You Deserve at Work and in Life” is available here on Amazon