Powerbase Exercise: Identify Your Current Relationship Powerbase
Select an organization of interest (pick only one), of which you are currently a member or leader this can be employment, volunteer, etc.). Then list your
relationships in the columns below (one name per box; not all boxes must be filled, but do try to have at least one person per column where relevant).
On the Fence
You Are Not on Their Radar but Want to Be
Current Powerbase: Organizational Chart View
Draw the current organizational chart, reflecting the formal roles and relationships between the individuals on the previous page and yourself.
Size the boxes (small, medium, or large) based on how much power/influence the person has relative to your success in the organization (large box for a lot of power/influence; small box for a little).
Color the lines of the boxes as follows: Thick green line = sponsor; thin green line = supporter; yellow = neutral; thin red = negative; thick red = foil; grey = not on radar.
Note: You are welcome to draw and scan this if desired the goal here is to make it meaningful, not spend time making it beautiful.
Based on this exercise, what insights do you have about where to focus your relationship building, and how you might go about it? Which relationships should you nurture? Strengthen? Neutralize or isolate?