Enlightened Office Politics: Understanding, Coping with and Winning the Game -- Without Losing Your Soul

Enlightened Office Politics: Understanding, Coping with and Winning the Game -- Without Losing Your Soul

Enlightened Office Politics: Understanding, Coping with and Winning the Game -- Without Losing Your Soul

Enlightened Office Politics: Understanding, Coping with and Winning the Game -- Without Losing Your Soul

Synopsis

All too often, Machiavellian managers ruthlessly use office politics to get what they want... and they make good employees feel it's bad to be political. But it doesn't have to be that way!

Enlightened Office Politics takes a positive look at the political side of the workplace, explaining why office politics are inevitable, emphasizing their importance, and showing how to play them -- and win -- in an ethical, principled manner. Readers will learn how to:

Overcome negative attitudes toward office politics and view them as a force for good -- Determine whether a coworker is friend or foe -- Turn foes into friends -- Discover what motivates others -- Develop their own political skills and use them in appropriate, powerful ways -- Plan and execute an effective "political campaign" -- and more.

In the world of office politics, it's play or be played. Enlightened Office Politics proves it's possible to play to win -- and still keep a clear conscience.

Excerpt

[F]or the children of this world are in their generation
wiser than the children of light.

Luke 16:8

An Introduction to Principled Politics

Can you be an enlightened person and still play office politics? Can you live up to your own ideals as a principled person in the real organizational environment? For many people, there seems to be an inherent contradiction between what seems to be necessary for survival and advancement and what seems to be mandated by one’s personal moral and ethical codes.

In fact, it’s hard to imagine the concepts of being a “principled person” and “office politics” going together. Politics, in the minds of most people, is virtually the antithesis of principle. And office politics seems even worse: petty, often silly, oriented to personal gain at the cost of the organization as a whole. Unfortunately—and as you probably have already realized—this puts the principled person at a huge tactical disadvantage in the organization. You know the game of of-

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