Survival Of The Savvy

<br> Tales of political sabotage, power plays and turf wars are part of any organizations history. Theres one skill everybody at work wishes they were better at, but you wont find it taught in MBA courses: office politics.Tales of political sabotage, power plays and turf wars are part of any organizations history. Nonetheless, political competence is the one skill everyone wishes to have more of—but no one admits to it. Political competence is the “ability to understand what you can and cannot control, when to take action, who is going to resist your agenda, and whom you need on your side. Its naive to suggest that all office politics are destructive and unethical. If you define politics in such a narrow and negative way, you overlook the value of political awareness and skill. If you define politics in only negative terms, you are naively - under-political, which leaves you vulnerable to overly political, self-serving individuals. First, identify all stakeholders—anyone who has an interest in, or who would be affected by, your idea—and how they will react.<br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> Some resistance is inevitable. You must anticipate others reactions, identify allies and resisters, analyze their goals, and understand their agendas. Build your coalition—a politically mobilized group committed to implementing your idea because doing so will generate valued benefits. How do you win support? You need to be credible. You communicate credibility by letting potential allies and resisters know about your expertise, demonstrating personal integrity, and showing you have access to important people and information. Through informal conversations, meetings and office drop-ins, you need to explain your position. You must win others buy-in by making it clear theres a payoff for supporting your effort and drawbacks for not joining your coalition. Show how implementing your idea will ease their workload, increase their visibility within the organization, or help them cut costs in their unit.Once youve persuaded people to join your coalition, youve established a base that will legitimize your idea. Coalition members will then use their networks to evangelize for you.Mastering only certain parts of the three identified phases will not yield success. Some people sabotage themselves by failing to complete all three phases when attempting to generate and implement change. There are risks with any course of action you take. You sometimes have incomplete or inadequate information when making a decision. Politically competent leaders reduce risk by getting as many people as possible on their side. Building a coalition is a search process for the best solution.Building a coalition, bringing people together and solidifying/expanding your base will leave you less vulnerable to criticism. Its more difficult to attack a leader who has built a large base of support throughout the organization. Bacharach, S. 2005. Get Them on Your Side. Adams Media Corp.Brandon, R. & Seldman, M. 2004. Survival of the Savvy: High-Integrity Political Tactics for Career and Company Success. Free Press.Kleiner, - A. 2003. Who Really Matters : The Core Group Theory of Power, Privilege, and Success:.<br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> 0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Dressage Husband - thanks for the vote! She was certainly the antithesis of all that her sister QE II tries to stand for. One wonders if Elizabeth may have been more of a rebel had her father not abdicated? I found this Hub interesting and voted accordingly. Interesting story, I didn't know anything about Princess Margaret. I'm sure she was a woman of character with her own opinions. Carol Houle: Yes, I loved that film! I look forward to seeing The Queens Sister. Did you see The King's Speech? Margarette and Elizabeth are portrayed as little girls. I love period pieces. A very enjoyable lens. No, I didn't know that about her being an excellent pianist. I've heard an old recording of her on the radio (I think it was on 'Desert Island Discs') where she was asked about her piano playing.<br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> I must look it up on Youtube. She was also dubbed "The house guest from Hell". She would "invite" herself to someone`s house, and send them an advance order of what she liked to eat and drink. Furthemore, if she liked a piece of furniture or an ornament, she would make it quite clear she did, and the poor host would be expected to make a gift of it. Did you know that she was a concert quality pianist? A musician friend of mine was invited to the palace as part of a musical evening. Margaret herself "did a turn". Margaret was quite a lady! Princess Margaret was her own person, unwilling to be restrained by royal expectations. Thank you for the very interesting tidbits about the second sister. Donna Cook: Thank you! She was fascinating. A very interesting and information lens. Was very interesting to read. I know so little of the Royal family, except what has occurred in the last two decades or so.<br>
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