Navigating Office Politics

Navigating Office Politics

The results of bad office politics can often be disruptive, and even damaging. People who practice poor forms of office politics tend to be excellent at managing up the line because that is where they're putting most of their focus.

Navigating Office Politics
  • Influencing Correctly

    How can you influence correctly and effectively? First, it's worth recognising where you stand on this matter: some people say they're no good at office politics. Or that they let their work speak for itself, and don't want to get involved in game playing. They don't think it's right. We'll look ...

  • Bad Politics

    The results of bad office politics can often be disruptive, and even damaging. People who practice poor forms of office politics tend to be excellent at managing up the line because that's where they're putting most of their focus. They can often be seen sucking up to seniors.

  • Good Politics

    People often refer to individuals who are good at office politics in a derogatory way, but with a slight hint of jealousy, because their innate abilities often help them get ahead. When challenges come up, or disagreements occur, these people are naturally able to read the situation quickly and a...

  • The Middle Ground

    The most important aspect of being truly good at office politics, is to focus on authentic relationship-building first and foremost. One of the biggest hallmarks of a good relationship-builder is understanding how different people operate, and communicating with them in ways that empower and reso...

  • Dealing With Barbarians

    Barbarians are quite easy to identify because they're so obvious about it. They're rude, difficult, often insecure, and they tend to belittle other people. When you have to work with Barbarians, or report to them, the best thing is to confront their behaviour head on.

  • Dealing With Machiavellians

    The unfortunate thing about Machiavellians is that their activities are much more subtle and hard to detect than barbarians. There's often a nagging suspicion that something is 'off', but the tendency is to give the Machiavellian the benefit of the doubt, because often there's nothing specific to...

  • Dealing With Naives

    Naives have good intentions, but without the corresponding skills. However, When Naives encounter conflict they can be sharp to deal with. They may be overly direct, get passionate about issues, and not effectively influence those around them. Their heart's in the right place, but their execution...

  • Dealing With Stars

    Stars are often described as good leaders, resourceful, well networked, popular. They're very good at negotiating around the office and getting things done with aplomb. Observe how Stars operate, and learn from them, so you have valuable resources and tools for your own growth.

  • Four Ways To Tackle Difficult Behaviour

    There are many ways of looking at office behaviour, but perhaps the most insightful is taken from Jane Clark's book 'Savvy'. In it, she helps categorise the different behaviours you may see at the office, in an effort to uncover best practices. Clark divides political behaviour into two main cate...

  • Blame Culture

    In the workplace, focussing solely on someone's actions, and ignoring the circumstances, intentions, or character of the person can promote the idea that tough sanctions for misdemeanours will improve performance, and that firm discipline will 'focus the mind'.

  • Symptoms Of Office Politics

    There are some obvious signs that you're caught in negative office politics. Look for these signs: Feeling caught in the middle of different factions | People stealing credit that you should receive. People encroaching on your territory, feeling like you're dealing with hidden agendas, being held...

  • The Importance Of Being Political Savvy - Introduction

    Let's take a pause at this point and think about why being political savvy, and learning to deal with various personalities and behaviours, is so important in today's global marketplace. There's a lot more focus on what each individual contributes to the workforce, and It's no longer enough to si...

  • Toxic Environments

    Without good office politics, it's highly likely that a work environment could become toxic. There are particular conditions that could lead a workplace to become toxic, either within teams, departments or across the organisation more broadly. This video examines some of the most common condition...

  • Understanding Herd Mentality

    It's a natural human tendency to form groups in which we feel comfortable and understand the basic structures. Achieving this level of comfort is an important developmental process for any group but can take a bit of getting used to. When working in a group, it's important to know when to lead an...

  • Building The Case

    When dealing with office politics the best way to cut through any of the game-playing is to clearly state that you understand the problem at hand, and then be able to back up and support your argument. We call this building the case.

  • Introduction To In-Groups

    Who holds the power in any new group, and how can you tell? Being able to interpret power dynamics quickly is a key skill to develop when new groups form. Use these categories to assess power structures, and understand who fits in where.

  • Seeing The Warning Signs

    According to Rob Kendall, in his book 'Blamestorming', there are five clear warning signs that a situation is about to go South; this video pinpoints them.

  • Strategies For Neutralising Hazardous Behaviour

    If you're caught working in an environment where there's some hazardous behaviour, it can be useful to have these tools under your belt.

  • Be The One Who Asks Questions

    In times of conflict a lot of people will clam up when there's a heated discussion and try to be invisible. Instead, be the one who asks questions.

  • How To Handle Other People's Anger

    There are two types of anger: justified anger and tactical anger. Justified anger, is exactly that, it's justified. Another person has taken umbrage with something you've done or said. Then there's tactical anger that's manipulative, and is used to get you to do something, or get a reaction out o...

  • Tackling Difficult Behaviour

    This video looks at four ways of tackling difficult behaviour.

  • Actions - Navigating Office Politics

    This series of videos has looked at office politics, identifying different behaviours and how to deal with them. It's important to acknowledge office politics. Rather than shying away from these activities it's vital you understand how to work with the power structures in your organisation and ho...