Office Politics

Women and the Politics of Promotion

March 23, 2015

Research indicates that ambitious women are in a double bind—if they’re too aggressive, then they’re seen as threatening; if they’re too accommodating, they’re not seen as senior leadership material. Even though this bind is easing as more women assume top leadership roles, it’s still evident in many organizations, particularly those that are traditionally led by […]

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#IfIWere22: Career Advice to a Younger Jennifer

June 9, 2014

Oh, to be 22 years old again! All of my body parts firm, none of my joints creaky. And the energy – tons of it! But would I really want to be in my early twenties again? Eh, probably not, but it’s fun to imagine what I would say if I could travel in a […]

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Developing Your Political Savvy – Positively

April 17, 2013

There’s a newly formed community of practice from ASTD called the Workforce Development Community. The community’s goal is is to help managers and trainers understand how to better develop and engage employees, and to show them why doing so creates a more productive workplace and improves employee retention. Ron Lippock, Senior Director for ASTD’s Communities […]

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Is Office Politics Decreasing Your Productivity at Work?

June 18, 2012

According to an infographic offered up by Tempo blog, 47% of people say office politics is a work-related distraction that takes time away from their productivity. Interesting. Nearly half of office workers see office politics as a “distraction” that keeps them from being optimally productive? How very convenient.       Someone didn’t get a […]

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Killing Flies with Honey- How to Turn a Frustrating Colleague into an Asset

May 1, 2012

 A guest post by Chris Wallace It’s a tough lesson to grasp when you’re 8-years-old, but sometime during the road to adulthood I finally understood my grandmother’s favorite maxim — “You kill more flies with honey than with vinegar.” This wise saying couldn’t be more true than in an office environment. Even if you’re a generally rosy […]

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The 3 Myths of Office Politics

July 12, 2011

Whenever I facilitate a presentation or workshop on navigating office politics, I start off with the question, “When you hear the phrase ‘office politics’, what comes to mind?” Typical responses include: Back-stabbing People who are in it for themselves “Run for the hills” Slimy self-promotion Favoritism Does this line up with your thoughts about office […]

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Office Politics Resources for GRAPE

March 17, 2011

 Today I gave a presentation to the Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence on “Office Politics: How to Deal with Bad Actors in a Good Way”. Throughout the presentation, I made reference to books and blog articles that contained great information about navigating office politics while maintaining one’s integrity.    Here’s that list of resources: […]

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Office Politics CAN Be Positive

March 14, 2011

Later this week I’ll be speaking with the Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence on the topic of Office Politics. It’s sure to be a lively event, as nearly everyone I encounter with has a story about colleagues maneuvering in some Machiavellian way to gain power, recognition or some form of “currency”. We love to […]

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What’s Your Office Politics Pet Peeve?

February 24, 2011

My blog post Networking Inside the Company Walls, which was part of a blog series onPositive Office Politics, has been on of the most popular posts on The People Equation. As the name of the blog series implies, the focus was on the positive aspects of office politics. (Yes, there are positive aspects. Check out […]

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Surviving a Corporate Changing of the Guard

December 2, 2010

Imagine for a moment that there is a sudden change in leadership in your organization.  You now have a new Vice President overseeing your area and you’re unsure where you stand in this person’s esteem. This is exactly the situation my colleague Sally is currently facing. Recently Sally confided in me that she was feeling […]

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