Surviving Office Politics: Coping And Succeeding In The Workplace Jungle (Business Solutions)
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Lying, cheating, manipulating, conniving, backstabbing, and schmoozing. And don't forget falsifying, scheming, and even sleeping with someone. All of these go on in the workplace. And we all know someone who is engaged in using devious tactics to further their own career.If you think you can just “work hard” without paying attention to politics, then think again. Politics happens – whether you want to admit it or not. But politicking need not always be bad. You may think that politics is something that only manipulative, self-serving types engage in. But politicking merely describes the act of scrutinising relationships and learning how to influence others more effectively. It is merely a tool. Some people will choose to influence others to further their own devious ends, while others will influence for the good of themselves and the organisation. So here is the definitive answer to engaging with office politics to further your own career in a positive fashion– and deal with the Machiavellian types and pre-empt their efforts.
because they are important but because you like doing them? Be honest. Often, a major timewaster, this dilutes a focus on priorities. Remember: poorly handled regular tasks waste more time than one off ones. A modern indulgence is taking time to check for new ‘important’ e-mails every five minutes. Certainly, principles need noting, like the fallacy that problems get easier if delayed. Rather, the reverse is true: things put off get more difficult to tackle. So taking prompt action where
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work and a measure of good luck may be enough. There is evidence aplenty, however, that doing a good job does not automatically always get the recognition it deserves and certainly, looking like a doormat almost guarantees to get you trodden on. As for good luck, that can only ever be certainly relied upon to explain the success of your rivals. Alternatively, you can do both a good job and work at ensuring that people—the right people—do notice so that you would get the recognition you deserve
Negotiation demands an open mind, a thorough search for everything that might assist—taking a chance or a risk is part of the process and doing so and addressing every possibility regardless of precedent gives power and improves the chances of success. The other kind is the power of legitimacy: this is power projected by authority. Peoples’ attitude to what can be negotiated comes, in part, from where and how they see something originates. For example, even something as simple as a form or a
complex trial where a particularly tedious expert witness was giving interminable and impenetrable evidence. When at last he had finished, the bemused, bored and irritable judge leaned forward, “I have to say that I am none the wiser for that.” “Maybe not,” replied the expert witness with some presence of mind. “But you are much better informed.” So it is with business qualifications. Some people emerge from the management colleges full of knowledge, but sometimes no better in terms of what they