Are You an Office Politician?

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Businessman on stairsWhether or not we want to admit it there are politics in every office.  This has become such a negative term in the US, at least, that most people want to avoid the topic.  However, politics is a part of the process of working together.  We’ve come to regard it as an ugly game that is played.

When you look up the definition of politics you find that one is competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government)” per Webster’s dictionary.  It’s true that politics is often a competition between individuals for power and leadership.  Does that make it a bad thing?  Not really.  It’s a fact of life and work.

So how do you become adept at office politics?  First succeeding in office politics means avoiding the following things:

  • Gossiping
  • Bullying
  • Stealing credit
  • Playing the blame game
  • Sucking up to those…

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