Tag Archives: Office politics

  • Read Machiavelli


    You should read Machiavelli if you want to understand politics in organisations. Pause here while I go download him to my Kindle. Here are some excellent quotes from him: “A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that […]

  • Look for patterns


    The world around you is telling you some interesting things. Find the patterns. And then consider the consequences of the patterns. I believe that eventually there will be a tunnel under the Blue Mountains, making Bathurst, NSW a dormitory suburb. My husband will not let me buy a lovely house there in anticipation. But you […]

  • Look for examples


    If you have a hunch that something is true (a person is doing you wrong, a product is failing, a team is unhappy), then look for examples. Three good examples beat hunches every time.

  • Stopping the whine


    Listening to complaining literally damages people’s brains. It takes away neurons from the hippocampus. Not only that, it drives people away from the complainer. Listening to it is just an unpleasant social experience. That is the opposite of a politically smart move. So don’t do it. Instead, take some responsibility and offer practical, proactive solutions. […]

  • Know the big picture in your department


    If your boss and their boss have a vision that’s written down, get a copy and understand it. If they don’t have one written down you can bet they still have a vision. Don’t be a whinger and ask them where the vision is and complain that it’s not there when asked what could be […]

  • Know your client’s buttons


    Once you have a working hypothesis for who your boss is, go across the hierarchy and type your clients. The way to Linda’s heart is to let her be helpful. She (and her team) were born to serve. They work in a Cancer Charity on the helpline. When Grant came in to help them be […]

  • Rapport matters: what do you need to have in common


    Do you need to learn to play ping pong, golf or drink beer to fit in with your team, boss or client? You don’t have to be a carbon copy of them. You can keep your essence. But if there’s a hobby you can take up that helps why not try it? Here are some […]

  • Know how you fit in


    You need a 30 second speech about where you fit in. By who you know (we’ve all been to weddings: how do you know the groom). By what you do (I organised the event, I did the lights, I collect toy cars) By any means necessary to give people a handle to talk to each […]