Want to contribute? Want to make a difference? Want a good reputation? Want to be heard?
Practice the following:
1. Be Trustworthy: Trust is the first discipline and the foundation for a relationship between advisor and leader or boss.
2. Become a Verbal Visionary: The leader's greatest skill is verbal skill, and the leader’s advisor must also have powerful verbal skills.
3. Develop a Management Perspective: To be a management advisor is to be able to talk more about the boss’s goals and objectives than about whatever your staff function happens to be.
4. Think Strategically: One of the great realities of management is that the leader’s job is always about tomorrow, and almost never about yesterday.
5. Be a Window to Tomorrow: Understand and use the power of patterns. A sophisticated advisor is one who can forecast tomorrow with some level of accuracy.
6. Advise Constructively: Giving advice starts where the boss is and where he or she has to go (where the advisor is or has been).
7. Show the Boss How to Use Advice: If you want to see your recommendations come alive, teach the boss how to accept and use advice.