Office Politics: It’s Personal

by Jennifer Miller on February 9, 2010

in Office Politics, Personal Effectiveness

Our 5-part series on positive office politics, (The P Quotient) is drawing to a close.  In this final installment, Jane Perdue looks at personal influence, one of four key behaviors needed for a person to be considered politically savvy in a productive way.  

Just tuning in to this fascinating topic?  Start here for the first installment, Politics are Necessary, but Not Necessarily Evil by Jane Perdue at her blog Life, Love, Leadership.

Then, it’s my turn with Networking Inside the Company Walls.

Next up is Mike Henry at the Lead Change Group with Sincerity and Office Politics.

Installment 4 was Susan Mazza on What’s Your Agenda? at her Random Acts of Leadership blog.

Which brings us to the final installment of the series, Influence and Intentions by Jane Perdue. Jane suggests her readers consider their level of personal influence with this question:

Is my word and/or my involvement sufficient to make something happen?

Now that’s a question to stop you in your tracks.  Is the fact that you’re involved in a project enough to get others to join in?  In reflecting on that question, I offer the some follow-up questions:

  • Does your track record shine with not only successes, but with recovery from tough setbacks?
  • Do people know that when you give your word, you’ll come through?
  • If for some rare reason you can’t deliver, will people hear about it as soon as possible?
  • Will people listen to your “crazy” ideas because they know that you’ll find a way to make them happen?
  • Do you know how to gracefully cut your losses and move on, rather than gripping tightly to an idea so that you can be “right”?
  • Do people know that if they follow your lead, they’ll be heard?

If you can honestly answer “yes” to several of these questions, then you are a person of influence. And that, my friends, is what office “politics” should be about.

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Deirdre February 10, 2010 at 4:21 am

I love this. Can I make stuff happen? Excellent.

Jane Perdue February 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Jennifer – great summary of the team’s good work! Really like how you added many more “food for thought” items to the “do you have influence” list. Working with you on this series has been enlightening, enriching and just plain fun!

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