There is a certainty concerning office politics. They exist everywhere and you’d best learn how to play them. Why do they exist? It is a culture. An anthropological urge to be long and fend off.
Playing office politics does not imply an employee who becomes shall we say, “The teachers pet.” Oh certainty those exist anywhere. In this case we are referring to win-win. Here are strategies that can leave everyone actively engaged. Which is the real purpose. Not survival of the fittest.
KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE
When conflicts happens, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach.
The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option.
FOCUS ON YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE
Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation – your circle of influence.
DON’T TAKE SIDES
In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position. All at the expense of you getting the job done.
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Jim Woods is a competitive strategy and leadership expert and founder of InnoThink Group a management consulting firm located in Colorado Springs, CO. where he serves as president. InnoThink Group is a management consulting firm. To help embody leadership, build engagement, improve communication, and create a high trust culture.
Jim has worked with Fortune 500 firms, US military and non-profits. He brings a unique background of business, interpersonal skills, experience, to each of his consulting, speaking and coaching engagements. He is a sought after speaker on strategic leaders, competitive strategy, innovation, team building, employee engagement and uncertainty. To contact Jim for an engagement contact him at his website. Click here.