by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM   Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g   1                                        mail...
HABIT #1 – BE AWARE YOU HAVE A CHOICEThe most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal...
HABIT #2 – KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TOACHIEVEWhen conflicts happens, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and fo...
HABIT #3 – FOCUS ON YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCEAt work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s n...
HABIT #4 – DON’T TAKE SIDESIn office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures whare at...
HABIT #5 – DON’T GET PERSONALIn office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you fe...
HABIT #6 – SEEK TO UNDERSTAND, BEFORE BEINGUNDERSTOODThe reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood...
HABIT #7 – THINK WIN-WINAs mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due tou...
by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM   Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g   9                                        mail...
by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM   Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g   10                                        mai...
by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM   Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g   11                                        mai...
by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM   Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g   12                                        mai...
by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM   Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g   13                                        mai...
by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM   Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g   14                                        mai...
by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM   Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g   15                                        mai...
by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM   Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g   16                                        mai...
by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM   Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g   17                                        mai...
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7 good habits to help you win at the workplace

  1. 1. by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g 1 mail.com
  2. 2. HABIT #1 – BE AWARE YOU HAVE A CHOICEThe most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normalhuman reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we werestill hunter-gatherers. Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more thanjust instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will onlycause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctiveflight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take forgranted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation.Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice inchoosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the nextpoint… by Dr.Rajesh11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g 2 mail.com
  3. 3. HABIT #2 – KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TOACHIEVEWhen conflicts happens, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus oimmediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are you’ll only invitmore resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in thiconflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the businessdiscuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to bsuccessful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins. It’s muceasier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approacis best for the business.By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage frompetty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting thingdone. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategiand can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities. by Dr.Rajesh 11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g 3 mail.com
  4. 4. HABIT #3 – FOCUS ON YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCEAt work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to findcorporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interestsBitching and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. Butthink about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do bitchingreally accomplish? In most instances, none.Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do toinfluence the situation – your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique toovercome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others tosee you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints. You may not be able tochange or decide on the eventual outcome, but you can walk away knowing that you have donethe best within the given circumstances.Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come toappreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive. by Dr.Rajesh 11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g 4 mail.com
  5. 5. HABIT #4 – DON’T TAKE SIDESIn office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures whare at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try toutwit each other and defend their own position. All at the expense of you getting thjob done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither othem want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the bacfor any mishaps.In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them– even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communicatioplatform and ensure open communications among all parties so that no one can claim “didn’t say that”.By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive anfocus on business objectives. by Dr.Rajesh 11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g 5 mail.com
  6. 6. HABIT #5 – DON’T GET PERSONALIn office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel thurge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win thiargument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you neehelp from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the work place.To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thinyou want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they habouill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst atheir expense.Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizationare using 360 degree reviews to promote someone.Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if othemanagers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is tmake it difficult for your boss to champion youDr.Rajeshpromotion. by for a 11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g 6 mail.com
  7. 7. HABIT #6 – SEEK TO UNDERSTAND, BEFORE BEINGUNDERSTOODThe reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, ware more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them firstTop people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other partfeels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive anbe open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications tarrive at a solution that both parties can accept. Trying to arrive at a solution withoufirst having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much secondguessing. by Dr.Rajesh 11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g 7 mail.com
  8. 8. HABIT #7 – THINK WIN-WINAs mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due tour schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid tlet someone else win, because it implies losing for us.In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you firsunderstand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him. Next, understand what’s in it foyou. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this wiensure that everyone truly commit to the agree resolution and not pay only lip-service to it.People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice, but versoon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace. Thinking win-win is an enduring strategthat builds allies and help you win in the long term. by Dr.Rajesh 11/7/2011 6:47:25 AM Patel,Director,nrvmba,email:1966patel@g 8 mail.com
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