Activism is good. Misplaced activism is bad. Political
As a takeoff from the “nose-to-the-grindstone” theory, do not take your eyes off the goals and objectives of your boss and your organization. Know the mission, vision, and purpose of your company and your unit, and view each political situation through the lens of corporate goals, rather than through the lens of power, domination, and needs. Use your strengths and skills to make a
Laughter is the very best medicine. Humor at work energizes our relationships, establishes trust, enhances communication, exercises our creativity, and
Implying that you can “win” at office politics indicates that there is also a loser—and that is not the point of this process. Any time you work with human beings, you are subject to the complexities of various relationships: trust, credibility, communication, turf issues, and the multiple
Make listening well a major component of your strategy. Listen to the constructive criticism of others. Whether you agree with them or not, the
Creating a strong political strategy is a method for getting a bigger return on your investment of time and energy, while enhancing your position at work. Let your strategy include collaboration, communication, and honesty; fight your own
Understand the distinction between
Collaboration and conflict
Collaboration and compromise
Collaboration and competition
Power and control
Power and strength
Avoid committing any of the Seven Deadly Sins of PLOP:
Persecuting or mistreating others
Gossip, rumor-mongering, or back stabbing
Personalizing events or the actions of others
Saying yes when you really mean no
Always needing to be right
Set boundaries around those who
Work to understand the style and motivation of others.
Practice communicating clearly—not just your intentions, but how what you say is received.
Practice integrity, always.
Always focus on the real issues, not on blame.
Focus, too, on what is best for the future.
When receiving feedback, listen and learn.
When delivering feedback, use the Oreo cookie approach.
Always show respect (even when you
Pay attention to what is being said and how it is being said.
Know your boss’s objectives and your company’s objectives, and make a contribution.
Fight only your own