Tag Archives: Articles

  • When matters

    https://politicalacumen.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/man-in-chair-low-res16-628x353.jpg

    If you’re fresh in the morning then do the difficult meetings then. Choose the time that’s best for you. If you generally are dozy after lunch, then consider two things: If you can, don’t schedule important meetings then If you’re not yet powerful enough to do this, then do what you can to reduce it: […]

  • Leverage your technical experts

    https://politicalacumen.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/thinker-on-clouds.jpg

    Are you getting the most out of your technical expert consulting teams? Your data scientists, data analysts, market researchers, the trusted advisors who give your business its edge? How can you leverage your technical experts and stop making these mistakes? See here’s the thing: people are tricky. Way trickier than data. And the smarter they […]

  • Know your boss’ boss’ buttons

    https://politicalacumen.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/asian-women-and-phone-low-res01-628x353.jpg

    You can help your boss by knowing their boss’ buttons. You may not want to share your tools, but you can share your influencing patterns. Feel free to type as many of the people at work (your own team, even) to give you some insight into how to push buttons. Political acumen is about the […]

  • Grow up: Accept the consequences of your actions

    https://politicalacumen.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/brunette-with-folder-real-estate-low-res06-628x353.jpg

    So you decided to have kids. You’ll have some days that you won’t be at work. So you decided to go part-time. You’ll miss out on some stuff. You took this job to make money, but you’re really an artist. Grow up and do the job to the best of your ability. Or find something […]

  • Regularly review your own progress

    https://politicalacumen.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/group-overhead-pc-low-res09-628x353.jpg

    You don’t have to wait for your boss to tell you what you’re doing right or wrong. Seek feedback from yourself Seek feedback from your peers Seek feedback from your clients. And from other important people. Write it in your performance file (link to performance file post).

  • Fit in and stick out

    https://politicalacumen.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/hipsters-low-res12-628x353.jpg

    I’ve written many articles about the importance and how to of rapport. The trick is to be able to create rapport consciously so that you can also break it: no one needs another yes man. But we also don’t need any more abominable no-men. You don’t have to think like them. The dangers of Group […]

  • Make the relationships before you need them

    https://politicalacumen.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/tight-rope-walkers-paris-628x353.jpg

    Do it while you’re fresh. Ask advice willy nilly. Make the relationships before you need them. Willi was head of HR in a major public sector agency. She had teenage kids and didn’t want to move up in the organization just yet. She spent several years finding and promoting people with potential to places of […]

  • Get to know the right people

    https://politicalacumen.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/hipster-designers-low-res11-628x353.jpg

    If you need to have a “role” to be comfortable introducing yourself, then get a job on the social club, be part of the Special Interest Group greeting party, volunteer to tend bar or hand around food: anything you need to be the prop to give you the confidence to talk to people. Then get […]