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Jim Milliken

I'm sure many people relate to your points, Bill -- as I do. I like to think we can approach our work at each career stage as an opportunity to learn and practice relationship building that will support effective negotiation. The working pieces of the process are studying the organization's expectations, improving our performance accordingly and building personal relationships of mutual support and honest communication. That way, you test out the boss's ability to respond to your common-sense solutions. If and as things don't work, you evaluate the price you're paying by staying there vs. the discomfort of seeking a new career opportunity.

Bill Smillie

I have often remarked that PMs with a good track record have more power than their direct bosses who ask them to do the impossible. But many of those PMs perceive exactly the opposite, unfortunately.

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