As I’ve mentioned in my book 360 Degrees of Influence “Rex C. Mitchell, Ph.D., Professor at the Department of Management at California State University observes that organizational politics, while neutral until touched by human perception, are usually viewed by players and observers alike as a negative; the common perception being that organizations should work to minimize politicking. For those of us with a keen political awareness, however, the importance of communication via sympathetic belief systems and shared goals is a part of organizational life that is ignored -- or dismissed as manipulation -- at one’s professional peril.”
Though we really can’t escape the influence of office politics, we could find ourselves experiencing the worst of it by focusing on the negatives. A study by the UBC Sauder School of Business study shows that people who are worried about gossip or feel they’re being rejected or ignored at the office actually tend to focus on that kind of perceived feedback, turning it into a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Approach others with a new mind-set and use the occasion to learn about them in ways that were previously not on your radar. You may just discover something about their own insecurities at the office.