Tag Archives: Office politics

  • Look for sameness: celebrate the differences

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    Appreciate what’s the same about you and your team, your colleagues and your boss. Whatever you have in common makes for the rapport that allows them to trust and like you. From trust and like comes great things. You or someone else in the team could be the outsider. Jonah Lehrer’s book Imagine outlined the […]

  • Find your allies

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    Know who’s on your side. Have lunch with them. Buy them a coffee occasionally. Keep the relationship for when you might need it. Ask their advice. Make them feel heard. Help them out.

  • Read Machiavelli

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 […]