I ran across this useful and well-written blog called Working Smart. The author of the site, Michael Hyatt, wrote a great article called How to Sell Your Boss. I think he's right that your success depends on being able to convince your boss of things. It's a good list of ideas; good enough that I'll pass it on to my team and peers. Briefly, his main points are:
- Meet your boss' needs
- Pick your battles
- Do your homework
- "Bullet proof" your proposal
- Make the pitch
- Accept responsibility for the outcome
Obviously, he has more detail in the post. The ideas seem obvious, but I can't tell you how often I've seen people (including myself) fail at one or more of these steps. Worth a read.
In addition to this article, he has good stuff on how to make David Allen's Getting Things Done work in Microsoft Outlook, tips on cool apps and add-ons to make Office work better, and some good life insight.