What Can You do to Pump up Someone Else's Career?

The rise of Barack Obama is nothing short of incredible, considering his short track record in the U.S. Senate.  We could speak of what he did right from a marketing perspective.  We could easily mention his ability to speak with a preacher's cadence.  But there is also one man who Obama should thank perhaps more than any other.  Rev. Wright doesn't even come close to the level of influence of this man...

Former Senate Minority Leader, Tom Daschle of South Dakota.

Turns out Daschle, when he was unseated in his run for reelection, offered his staffing to Obama and the man from Illinois graciously accepted his offer.  The result was a plan to  move the now president-elect Obama into key circles and situations which would gradually expose him to the American public.  Guess that plan worked to a "t".

How about you? What can you do to pump up someone else's career?  Is there a skill that you've mastered that the person next to you can benefit from?  Do you have some workplace capital that can be spent for a friend in need?  With the economy the way it currently is, we can all use an ally to move us along.