Understanding the politics

By  Mark Suster via http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com   Article

Understanding the Politics of Tech Startups

“One of the most common refrains I hear is, “I want to have a company with no politics. … But there is no such thing as “no politics” since we’re human beings and we’re genetically wired for politics. It’s called social interaction and understanding peoples’ motives, what makes them tick, who they don’t get along with, what rivalries exist, etc. is a very important part of being a leader. …

I would argue that each individual team member … trying to maximize their own personal outcomes (promotions, stock option grants, future resume successes, personal wins) produces better results for companies than pretending that we’re not human beings motivated by success. …

Trust me – ignore … politics at your peril. You need to understand power, ownership, leadership, performance, relationships, motivations, alcoholism, depression, resentment, jealousy, scorn. They all exist and ignoring them is like ignoring human norms. …

I love politics. Not the game playing itself. But trying to dissect human behaviors – good and bad. After all, every success and failure in business – as in sports – it attributable to how well we perform as teams.”




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