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Office Politics: Why You Need to Play the Game

Learning How to Manage Office Politics Will Help You Get Along & Get Ahead

Perception Isn't Always Reality

What gives the game of organizational politics the occasional dark turn has to do with how one perceives and responds to threats, territorial boundaries, clashing world views, personal tastes and biases and the sense that rubbing the right elbows will only lead to better things.

While the less politically inclined undoubtedly wish one should be judged and progress on contribution and merit alone, the stark reality is organizational politics is an inescapable, significant factor in job performance and career trajectory, and thus managing those politics becomes a skill-set one can and should seek to understand and cultivate.

It’s easy to understand then that when it comes to organizational survival and success, influence is everything. The more political the organization, the more important such influence is.