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March 29, 2010

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The mediator role might be hard to pull off unless you are a higher-up at the company or have already established yourself as one of the respected, "cross functional whiz[es]".

Other than that all of your suggestions seem like tactics that a new employee could start applying in their first week on the job. A few companies have cross department integration built into their corporate culture, but since most companies don't there a lot of opportunities in this space for enterprising employees.

Or...work hard. Show verbal interest in gaining further knowledge in different departments. Brainstorm about how other departments duties affect your current daily position and what could be done to enhance those contirbutions and again, express them verbally.

I couldn't agree more with all of the tips provided. It's great that you put it in writing - clearly. The more that start to understand, the more effective corporate America could become.

Most successful companies become that way when the individual teams converge and listen to achieve a common corporate goal.

It is simple, when done right.

You offer a lot of useful information!
Thank you!

@MTS: Glad to hear it, thanks!

@Goodbiz: Much appreciated, thanks for wreading.

@KG: You're absolutely right. There's never any substitute for hard work.

@DC: Agreed. These are valid suggestions for making yourself more visible at the start of a new job, as long as you avoid being perceived as presumptuous.

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