It’s always a good idea to pay attention to the way you treat people in the organization. Having positive interactions with everyone from the cleaning crew to the CEO is not only the right thing to do, it will help position you well when opportunities arise.
No one succeeds without others. When people understand your expertise and know what you hope to do, they can help you and the company by suggesting you for appropriate opportunities. Don’t leave it to chance.
If you want to be seen as an expert in a particular area, make yourself known by those in your organization who will need that function. Volunteer for initiatives or task forces where you can play that role. Make sure people know of your expertise by adding that point of view to discussions. Present ideas confidently without disclaimers so that others can fairly evaluate whether your ideas will work. This isn’t about beating your chest and bragging. It’s about making sure others understand your value.
It’s important that you align yourself strategically in ways that compliment your ultimate objectives so that both you and the company benefit.