Fran Grigsby

Fran Grigsby Kills the $100 Million Project of a Well-Liked Senior Peer: Careful Navigation of Organizational Politics


When challenged with taking over the flawed pet project of a popular longtime manager at Motorola, Fran Grigsby knew she would have to kill it – without sacrificing 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 find a better alternative, if what you have to do is personally unacceptable.


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