Managing Office Politics
Radio Q&A: 8 July 2012, Question 2
I answered a question on managing office politics on 8 July 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
How can a person effectively manage office politics? In almost any job, the internal politics of the company can be overwhelming. If you speak out, you can be embroiled in conflict and drama. If you stay silent, the pushy people will have their way, often for the worse. What should a person do who wants to actually work?
My Answer, In Brief: Too often, "office politics" is just a catch-all for any interactions someone dislikes at work. Here, the person needs to understand the value of productive wrangling at work, and find ways to influence the outcomes that matter to him in ways that suit his personality preferences.
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