Management Tip of the Day: How to decipher (and achieve) success

Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:20am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Success in business is not about having the most brilliant answer. It's about having a workable solution - and that requires developing an understanding of the unwritten rules of the organization. To become more persuasive and effective, figure out who and what really matters. Ask successful people at your company what approaches and relationships help them most. Be curious about the ways people get things done and observe the inner workings of projects and initiatives you aren't part of by building relationships with influential people. All of the information you gather can contribute to your own success in the future."

- Today's Management Tip was adapted from What's Next, Gen X?: Keeping Up, Moving Ahead, and Getting the Career You Want by Tammy Erickson.

<p>Traders work in the pits at the The New York Mercantile Exchange, November 7, 2007. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>