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Office Politics: 10 Ways to Play and Win

6. The best form of defense

Be a consensus builder. The more that people seek you out to help them with their politics-related issues the better positioned you'll be when it comes to fighting battles of your own.

Not only will you have gained valuable insights in the process you'll have gained allies and supporters along the way.

Another advantage of building consensus is that you become a broker, not only of solutions and relationships, but also of power.