Saturday, January 16, 2010

How To Beat Office Politics?

Devilish bosses, backbiting colleagues and annoying subordinates will always be omnipresent in everybody's professional life. This bring along the age old problem of dealing with office politics.

While some of us say that we don't want to get 'caught up' in politics at work, most HR experts argue that playing the game is crucial to your career success, because by not getting involved, you may find your talents ignored and your success limited, and you may feel left out of the loop.
Here are a few tips by Economic Times that will help you win at office politics and still gain your colleagues' respect.

Observe how things get done

Don't be afraid to ask some key questions to your bosses: What are your core values and how are they enacted? Are short or long-term results most valued? How are decisions made? How much risk is tolerated? The answers to these questions should give you a good sense of the culture of your organization.

Profile powerful individuals

If you can't wait to be where your bosses are, pay attention to their communication style, network of relationships and what types of proposals they say 'yes' to most often. Emulate those traits by drawing on the strengths you have.

Develop a positive track record

Planning is very crucial. If you have a rough idea on how long you want to do the job, work on developing your image as someone who gets results. This gives you an edge in all political corners.

Blow your horn occasionally

Let others know what you've accomplished whenever you get the opportunity. But it is necessary that you know the fine art of diplomatic bragging. Do not be outright show-off.

Respect counts, especially downwards

It is no new rule to treat your superiors with adequate salaams, but few executives make the folly of behaving with their co-workers and subordinates in a manner a king rules over his jagir. Don't show preferential treatment to co-workers you think won't be of use to you. You never know to whom someone might be connected.

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