The last hypothetical I posted, Is This Your Project Stakeholder? attracted a wide cross section of responses.
It made me wonder what you think of this real life experience (only the names have been changed):
Sebastian is a highly competent, upwardly mobile executive and your boss. He works 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and is a very detailed person. He proofreads everything, making copious corrections and is also studying for his second master's degree.
You have found the best time to approach Sebastian to discuss anything is after 8 p.m. when the office is quiet and he is working on his studies. In fact, at this time of night he seems to appreciate a brief chat.
The problem is you have a "life" outside of the office and feel 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. is a very fair day's work.
How would you approach building rapport with Sebastian to allow the discussion of important project issues and enhance your career prospects without waiting until after 8 p.m.?
I will review all comments and based on your feedback I will suggest some solutions in my next post.