Fran Grigsby: Working through a Truly Difficult Assignment – Killing a $100 Million Project of a Well-Liked Senior Peer and Navigating the Organizational Politics

When challenged with taking over the f lawed pet project of a popular long-time manager at Commuco, Fran Grigsby knew she would have to kill it—without sacrif icing a talented staff and her own bright future at the company. Some of the influence principles she demonstrated were:

   Accepting challenges to build credibility
   Keeping your antennae up, so you know which way the political winds are blowing
   Being prepared to compromise in the short term for the sake of the long term

   Getting out as soon as you can f ind a better alternative, if what you have to do is personally unacceptable

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