Posted by Jean, 16 Jan, 2017 Tweet
When you think of organisational politics, what comes to mind? When I ask this question in workshops I hear words like 'backstabbing', 'empire building' and 'game playing'. I also hear 'influencing' and 'getting things done'. However the negative images always outweigh the positive.
Organisational politics is the art of understanding the informal and formal networks through which decisions are made and being canny in working with these networks. The truth is that all organisations are political and we cannot avoid organisational politics if we want to both be successful in our roles and in our careers. Engaging in politics helps bring about positive change in our organisations, helps get things done, helps to make decisions and to complete projects.
If you are unsure about how to be politically savvy in an ethical way here are 8 practical ways of learning the art of politics.
Finally, whatever you do, don’t break your own ethical code of behaviour. Be yourself, be confident and be ethically political.
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