Does somebody up there like me?
One of the project manager's great struggles is finding a way to effectively influence those executives that can help them realize projects. This article discusses how project managers can garner the support of executive sponsors. In doing so, it explains the basics of establishing relationships with executives and suggests an approach for breaking through hierarchal barriers. It then describes some of the methods that organizations are implementing to foster communications and encourage relationships between upper- and lower-ranking personnel. Accompanying this article are two sidebars: The first identifies how project managers can navigate the complexities of organizational politics; the second details how project managers can address unreasonable demands.