9. Build Bridges with Other Departments

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9. Build Bridges with Other Departments

Along with being a manager, you're also an ambassador. Invest time in building relations with the other departments. If they're not coming to you, go to them. Sit down with their leaders and rank and file. Take an inventory of how your department is viewed. Identify areas where you could improve your performance or potentially team up with someone to help. Communicate regularly, so you keep your capabilities on their radar. It only takes one opportunity, and a mutual awareness of your unexpected synergies, to forge a long-term partnership.