Want more influence?
Get rid of your direct reports.
They whine. They are needy. And you spend more time trying to fix them instead of doing your job.
And who wants to do yearly reviews?
If you want more authority get rid of your direct reports. (No need to downsize. Someone is always willing to take on more human capital).
Suggest a structure that streamlines procedures instead of builds silos.
Spend time with the boss – serve as her advisor.
Become the ‘go to’ person that gets things done.
Like an entrepreneur.