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KAMARA: How to achieve more from your work team - 12 months ago, 15 Apr 17:50

Seraphine Ruligir ...

For nearly three decades working with people at various levels, I have adopted some ways of gaining support — buy-in. 

For people higher up the scale than I, I applied a measure of subservience with a twist of submission in recognition of the superior roles. Ninety-nine per cent of the time, it worked. My ideas have been embraced and supported and grown.

When dealing with juniors, I have often come off my position, walked down and engaged with them at their level helping them to rise. 

At their level, I identified with them, put myself in their shoes and empathised with them. Traditionally, superiors don’t come down, they call you up.  I have also employed this approach with some success as well as failures. In general, I’ve encountered two groups of people. 

The first group viewed me with suspicion wondering what benefit motivated me to walk down to them. They treated my ...
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