Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Pure Politicking

Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Pure Politicking

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Play the game. You'll find politics in the personality of every organisation. Master the basics and you can win without sacrificing your integrity.

Look, listen and learn. Every company has its own culture, so spend time observing the characteristics. What does success look like here? What types rise to the top? Are they assertive and creative, or cautious and straight down the line? Emphasise your skills in line with the winners.

Become a cultural chameleon. Don't try to change things, adapt. Whether it's dress, office hours or communication style, be clear on what you can compromise on for long-term gain.

Don't underestimate the power of personality. Your skills are expendable; you are not. Make people appreciate you for your good attitude and cultural fit. Hard work isn't enough.

State your aims. If you want to earn more, speak to your supervisor about what it'll take to secure promotion. Become known for straight talking and people will trust your word. …

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