By Dan Rockwell via leadershipfreak.wordpress.com Article
“12 strategies for navigating office politics:
- Don’t talk about your aspirations – do exceptional work. There’s a place to declare aspirations, it’s not with your colleagues.
- Discuss your aspirations occasionally with higher-ups, but spend most of your time exceeding expectations. Use terms like ‘earn’ when seeking opportunities.
- Develop and utilize your skills for the advantage of others. ….
- Develop a reputation as a person who helps others and gets things done.
- Extend respect to everyone, especially power players, but don’t be a brown noser. Every office has a pecking order. It may be based on expertise, social skill, or longevity. Some are power players in one context and not another.
- Ask for help, insight, and suggestions. Succeeding at politics isn’t a one-way street.
- Stand up for your values, beliefs, and opinions, when it matters. Irritating jerks have opinions on everything.
- Stick to issues, not personalities.
- Seek positive solutions even when you disagree. Adversarial relationships are roadblocks.
- Discuss controversial topics in private.
- Imagine everything you say about others will get back to them.
- Use social collateral to advantage your team.
… Connect with people before trying to get things done through people. It’s essential to deliver great results. It’s naive to neglect relationships.”