If you have the chance to meet with your predecessor, ask them about who they found were critical partners and relationships. Your boss also will have some ideas about key stakeholders and relationships you need to create. Team members as well may have additional insights as to other key players who support the work you do.
It can be useful to schedule time for these meetings early on to before things get too busy. If things are already busy when you start, it is important to schedule time to start building these relationships. As we know, business is done through relationships.
Questions to consider and be in dialogue around:
Who are the various internal stakeholders I will interface with? What are their priorities? How do we interface? What's worked int he past? What's important to them?
Who are the external stakeholders I should get to know? What are their priorities? What's important to them? Who do we interface? What type of relationship has there been historically? Who else would they recommend i connect with?
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