Magazine article Management Today

MT Masterclass: PQ (Political Quotient)

Magazine article Management Today

MT Masterclass: PQ (Political Quotient)

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- What is it? Yes, just what we needed: a new acronym for business. We've had IQ, EQ, even SQ - social intelligence - and now here comes PQ: political quotient, or intelligence. The idea behind this label is that complex, political organisations - and have you ever known one that wasn't political? - have to be navigated with care, subtlety and intelligence. Knowing where the power lies and how to grab some of it are key survival skills. This is about more than mere tact and courtesy; this is about plotting a path to the top and avoiding getting shafted.

- Where did it come from? The business writer Jo Owen coined the term in his new book Power at Work (reviewed in October's MT). He has a clear-sighted view of relationships in the workplace. But, cleverly, he does not see the search for power as a solo performance or an ego trip. 'The reality is that power does not lie with the individual: it lies in the power of the system,' Owen writes. …

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