It’s naive to neglect relationships

By Dan Rockwell via   Article

“12 strategies for navigating office politics:

  1. Don’t talk about your aspirations – do exceptional work. There’s a place to declare aspirations, it’s not with your colleagues.
  2. Discuss your aspirations occasionally with higher-ups, but spend most of your time exceeding expectations. Use terms like ‘earn’ when seeking opportunities.
  3. Develop and utilize your skills for the advantage of others. ….
  4. Develop a reputation as a person who helps others and gets things done.
  5. 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.
  6. Ask for help, insight, and suggestions. Succeeding at politics isn’t a one-way street.
  7. Stand up for your values, beliefs, and opinions, when it matters. Irritating jerks have opinions on everything.
  8. Stick to issues, not personalities.
  9. Seek positive solutions even when you disagree. Adversarial relationships are roadblocks.
  10. Discuss controversial topics in private.
  11. Imagine everything you say about others will get back to them.
  12. 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.”


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