Just want to pass on a success story, and give some of the credit to Manager Tools podcasts.
Yesterday I was offered the opportunity to get in on a major new initiative in my organization. I was given a choice between two assignments: Project A and Project B. Both projects are high stakes, high visibility, high priority.
The person making the offer was strongly pushing me toward Project A. I wanted Project B.
I said, "I'll be more effective, and more valuable to the organization, on Project B. On Project A, I would have no role power, minimal expertise power, and minimal relationship power. On Project B, I would have no role power, moderate expertise power, and a ton of relationship power."
I got the assignment I wanted, Project B. I start on Monday.
Many thanks to the Manager Tools team. I learned this from you.