Savvy in an organization means that you are not limiting your own potential growth and advancement by not understanding your work environment. It means you know your way around both the formal and informal networks in your company, division or team, and you know which one is the right one to go to in which circumstance.
It’s often the informal networks that we depend on when we have to get things done in a matrixed environment. The formal network is what you see on your org chart. What you usually won’t see in that org chart are the interdependence of people across departments & across silos. Being able to influence and engage this informal, powerful network is a vital organizational competence and we encourage you to take the time and make the effort to become fluent in your company’s language of collaboration, & cooperation and competition.