It has taken me years to realize that the most powerful people in Corporate America are not the C-level executives or people with the biggest offices. The most powerful people are the security guards and admins! These are people that control things which can make your life easy or a living hell. Here are a few examples…
- Logistics – to get you to places on time
- Badge access (instead of waiting on the long lines)
These are all things that, if not managed well, would make everyone’s lives horrible. Not to mention the Admins usually know what is going on well before most employees so they are an invaluable source of information. There is a network of admins who seem to simultaneously and without speaking words just know all the information as it happens!
So if you want some advice, make good friends with security and admins. It will be worth building the relationship.