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  • Laugh

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    People want to be around people who make them feel good. What does that mean in business? Laugh! Laughter relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system, triggers the release of feel-good endorphins and protects the heart. It’s that easy. Those with political acumen laugh with people, not at them. Check your environment before telling […]

  • Find your boss’ number

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    Your boss has a button. Find out what it is. One of the easiest ways to find a button is to check out your boss’ Enneagram type. The Enneagram is a people-typing tool which has been used for centuries to counsel people all across the world. It identifies 9 types of people, driven by avoiding […]

  • Escalate Well

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    In many offices, being politically astute means knowing when and what to escalate to your boss. That is, as I wrote a few days ago, knowing what information they really care about. Most leaders especially appreciate knowing about things before they blow up. For example, Lisa said her team lacked political acumen. When we looked […]

  • Know what your customer cares about

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    Getting ahead and building your reputation is hard if you give your customers marshmallows when they really care about toast. Clients, bosses and all types of customers can care about different things. They may care about performance indicators (something external to them). They may want to be listened to or have their opinions validated (a […]