Tag Archives: Office politics

  • Psychopaths abound

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    So you thought your boss was difficult. Is he or she actually a psychopath? Read about the high percentage of psychopaths in senior corporate life here. Then if you’re interested on dealing with it: read my article on the things your CEO won’t tell you about corporate politics here. how to deal with passive-aggressive people […]

  • Soft skills, political acumen, better job

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    I have been working hard recently on defining political acumen. There’s a lot in common between Political Acumen and Leadership skills (in fact leadership skills falls within the political acumen bubble). Here’s today’s preliminary Venn diagram! It was prompted partly by this article from Business Insider which says “Hard skills can get the job done. Soft […]

  • Leverage your technical experts

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    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 […]

  • Tips on psychopaths in the workplace

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    Psychopaths are never fun. Especially if you rely on them for work instructions, performance appraisals or day-to-day survival. Many of my clients have had to deal with psychopaths. It’s never fun. I even wrote about it here (Office Politics: Is this hill worth dying on?) and here (Dealing with Toxic CEOs). This is a great […]

  • Difficult questions

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    You stand at the front of a room, you lead a change process, you ask people to do something new. You’re going to get questions. Sometimes you don’t want to answer those questions. Sometimes you can’t. Some sample difficult questions Presentation Mastery includes a whole segment on answering questions.  Here in case you would like […]

  • I can’t say no to my colleague

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    I can’t say no. That’s what it feels like when a colleague asks for help. Saying no to clients is hard, as I’ve discussed before here. Saying no to your colleagues is harder, because there’s that team work thing to take into account. Can’t say no? get ready for generosity burnout Here’s a few tips […]

  • Narcissists 101

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    Narcissism is on the rise. It’s all about them. And it can drive you crazy when you need help, want to get something done or just be real. Here’s how to deal with it when you can actually get away. When you can’t, try these strategies. Other posts on dealing with difficult people: Charisma 101 […]

  • Great Body Language

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    Most people are unaware of their body language. Hey, most people are unaware of many of the things that other people use to judge, categorise and navigate dealing with each other (what you wear, how you speak, what you tell people). If you want to look like a boss, influence people, get a date or just […]

  • You gotta say what THEY think

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    There’s a lot of pressure on a hostage negotiator. Pressure to make the guy with the hostages do what the negotiator wants. There’s a lot of pressure on technical professionals and consultants too. Before the hostage negotiator can do anything, they have to make sure the guy with the hostages feels like the negotiator ‘gets’ him. When the guy with […]