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Office Politics: 10 Ways to Play and Win

5. Can you be trusted?

Trust is at the root of all good working relationships. The nature of office politics is to take things like trust and pervert it for a self-serving agenda.

Practicing the things that we associate with trust is a good way to communicate your position. But don't forget to keep your defenses up.

Being an "open book" doesn't mean full disclosure any more than telling the truth means you always have to have an answer.