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Office Politics: 10 Ways to Play and Win

4. It is better to give than to receive

Being well-positioned politically means people value you. But don't make the mistake of thinking that ingratiating yourself to people will help -- it won't. 

While a "you scratch my back..." attitude may not be a good idea either, remembering reciprocity is a two-way street is -- especially when it comes to office politics.

With reciprocity in mind, remember, the giver has power over the recipient. That is a good position to be in.