In previous posts I've hammered the point that people need to know you to insure that you remain on the radar screen when choice jobs, assignments and projects come around. Equally important is understanding who in an organization can make things happen for you and who you need to know. Watch Brownnosers in action --- they are masters at this. You should be, too.
I heard a great story last night from a friend who spent just under 10 years in the military. Just before he left home his Dad gave him some great brown-nosing advice.
"Son, no matter where you go, not matter where you are stationed around the world, there are three people you need to get to know immediately. Get to know someone in the mess hall. Then get to know someone in supply, and then get to know someone in the company commander's office. That way, you'll always have the food you need, the supplies you require and most important, information."
This guy's dad was teaching him some basic survival skills which aren't much different than those needed for survival in Corporate America, or for that matter, in any organization on the planet! Understand this and you can move from survival to thriving in very little time.