We know some people cringe at the sound of Politics. And while some will not cringe at the sound, they cringe at the thought of getting involved in it. What we hope however, is that you are not one of those who believe that politics is not at play in your organisation.
Organisational politics is one of the facts of the business world, it is unavoidable! It involves strategies, tactics, gimmicks and mind games that people adopt to gain advantage, and forge ahead in the corporate world.
It is also true that people don’t get to very senior positions without some power play being involved. Women especially tend to view politics as a dirty word, and may refuse to engage in it, preferring to let their work speak for them.
The truth is that politicking happens whether you like it or not, so you might as well learn the right buttons to push, to influence others more effectively. Wise politicking will help you get what you want in the world of work, without compromising others in the process.
Below we share three quick tips on why you absolutely NEED to learn how to navigate this very tricky terrain called organisational politics:
· To gain influence at work: Influence is the currency of political capital. Gaining influence with the right people will accelerate your career progression.
· Progression and promotion decisions are not solely based on the quality of your work: These decisions are often underpinned by other factors, some of them political, so organisational politics is something that you need to understand, and master, to be sure of your own success.
· You don’t want to be overlooked: People and teams within organisations often have to compete for limited resources. The people who understand how the organisation works have the first dibs on these limited resources, while those who don’t know how to play the game are overlooked!
If you don’t participate in the political game, you risk not having a say in what happens and allowing people with less experience, skill or knowledge, to influence the decisions being made around you.
You can learn how to navigate this very tricky maze at our next live event aptly titled Organisational Politics: Navigating the Maze. Our experienced speakers will be sharing tips on how you can understand the politics at play in your organisation, master and succeed at playing the game, while remaining true to yourself and your values.