1) Establishing Relationships: Building strong relationships within and beyond the organization with important stakeholders can provide a great way to get support for ideas. To foster trust and collaboration, it is important to communicate effectively as well as stay up-to-date on relevant trends.
2) Identifying leverage points – identifying areas where you can gain an advantage over others or exert control (e.g. financial, political etc.). It is possible to increase your influence in order to reach a certain goal or solve a particular issue.
You can also use persuasion strategies. Finding effective ways to communicate with people is one important way of reaching out. You could use data-driven arguments or make compelling appeals that are based upon shared goals and values. Or, you can offer incentives as a way to gain support.
Overall these strategies can help build the necessary foundation when looking to develop and utilize sources of power – enabling one to better achieve their desired objectives while also avoiding costly mistakes which could jeopardize their efforts.