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Today we are going to be talking dealing with office politics. Towards the end of the post, I would also share ways to win at it for those who would want to be a part. Personally in my past jobs bot in Nigeria and in England, I have never be drawn towards participating in such. You may call that a lack of ambition or the drive to move up but I haven’t done badly in promotions either. I just thing it comes with way too much drama so I’d rather be socratic and watch things unwind.
This post would be a combination of information from myself and a couple other articles (lifehack and blog.hubspot).
There is barely an organisation out there that doesn’t have politics somehow going on within. I mean you could even have a start-up today with just 2 employees and drama would still find a way to sneak in…be it attitude issues, someone thinking he/she takes things more seriously than the other etc. it is however necessary to know some tips to deal with this.
1. Walk Away/Stay out
This has always been my approach as I said earlier and truthfully, its not that easy. Just walk away from that gossip, ignore that stupid question or basically act like you don’t even get what someone is trying to say when they bring silly talk around you. You may be not be seen as the coolest but this would make your daily decisions more fair.
2. Never start smack talk
Those who start office politics talk may think they have a total hang of things but more often than not everyone knows who they are and when it comes to getting stuff done, they tend to be avoided. Be that person who has a transparent way of making decisions, giving feedback and corrections fairly. This is always noticed and i the correct attitude for people who are to be trusted.
3. Be professional at ALL times.
Did you watch The Apprentice last year, 2014? Bianca Miller was such an epitome of professionalism. To the extent of when she was in the boardroom where everyone gets mental and start throwing each other under the bus, Bianca would just highlight her strong points and the advantages of her own prospective business. She always just shone without biting anyone. That’s always the way to act.
4. If drawn in, act dumb or be quizzical
For example, some comes to tell you a colleague of yours isn’t a good fit for a project.. You should respond by asking why they think so.. Just look confused or lost. Better still you can just nod if its getting unending just to get them off your back.
5. If you just can’t deal anymore, just be direct
“I am not interested in this conversation..”
“I do not know enough to continue with this conversation..”
These are direct way to get yourself over relentless politickers. Truth be told everyone there at the time may feel awkward including you but its best to set yourself aside politics at work and in the long run, best. You would have established yourself as one who stays out of politics at the work place.
As I said, some of you might actually want o participate in office politics. Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well so find below some points towards winning at office politics.
a. Be aware you have a choice
Its either a fight or a flight. Since we are talking wining, then its a fight. Choose your reactions wisely too. The office is a modern jungle and just like animals, we tend to react to issues by fighting, choose wisely.
b. Know your aim
There is always a catch for those who participate in politics at work. Always remind yourself what your ultimate goal is just so you work towards achieving just that so as not to become a serial random gossip/small talker. Also, knowing this would help you avoid conflicts that aren’t yours.
c. Know and focus on your circle of influence
At work there are always situations that would arise and cause issue for you. The obvious reaction is bitching about it or feeling victimised. To avoid this feeling of helplessness especially when its things you can’t control, focus of that which you can.
d. Don’t Take Sides
e. Ensure You Understand Before Trying To Be Understood
f. It Can Be a Win-Win Situation
As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.
Try to undrestand other party’s perspective first as stated above and try to formulate strategies that can benefit both parties.
Also note that a win-lose would definitely occur once in a while too.
-The Drama-Hater’s Guide to Dealing With Office Politics by Corey Eridon – @Corey_bos on blog.huffspot.com
– 7 Habits To Win In Office Politics by Lawrence Cheok on lifehack.org
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