WINNING Office politics - ARISE ROBY

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  • 1. Winning Office Politics By Arise Roby Presentation Arise Roby ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 2. Topics  Politics are real and unavoidable  How political are you  About political types  How to size up the political climate  Winning strategies  Rising above it all  7 Habits of Politically Savvy People ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 3. Politics are Real and Unavoidable  Not all politics are bad Realize that this is reality Expect politics in all situations Politics are part of human interaction ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 4. What is Office Politics?  Communicating indirectly  Using covert tactics to advance  Controlling other people through psychological manipulation  Being cautions about telling the truth  Hiding vulnerability  Currying favor ORGANIZATIONAL POLITICS “Involves intentional acts of Influence to enhance or protect The self interest of individuals Or groups” ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 5. What Creates Office Politics  Scarcity of resources  A too competitive work environment  Subjective performance standards  Unclear job definitions  Emotional insecurity ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 6. How Political Are You  Answer the question with your first impression  Think most of the time when answering You can also use these questions to help identify people in your office. ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 7. About Political Types  Corporate Shark  Climber  Survivor  Straight Arrow  Lamb for Slaughter ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 8. Corporate Shark  Score of 90 plus  Tends to use others to enhance career  Power-hungry, ruthless, and devious ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 9. Example: Looking Good  Pete is a supervisor who is ambitious to a fault. Everything he does is for effect. One of his ground rules is that only positive information makes its way from him to his boss. Negative news is totally ignored. He makes it clear that anyone in his group who says bad things about him or the organization risks getting fired. If an employee openly disagrees, he or she is labeled a non-supporter. Everyone who reports to Pete agrees the best practice is to fall into line and be a “yes person ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 10. Climber  Score of 75 to 89  Shrewd politician  A moderate score (75-85) suggests you might have a good chance of success  Politics are everything - let’s campaign ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 11. Example: Power by Association  Mike is a young marketing manager. He sees work as a game and compulsively seeks to be a winner. He gets turned on by challenging, competitive activities where he can prove himself. He hates being pushed around. His goal is to become more powerful because power means freedom. To expand his influence and to increase his chances of advancement, he is developing very strong relationships with major customers who can make demands on his company ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 12. Survivor  Score of 50-75  Practices some office politics and is aware of the political climate  Ok, what do I have to do to survive ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 13. Example: The Copywriters’ Clique When Kate became a copywriter for a newspaper in a large city, she was invited to join her group for lunch her first day on the job. She discovered the group met informally once a week to gossip, to exchange inside tips, and to get to know one another better. Kate quickly learned the value of trading information at these events. The message was clear: lunch was political. A final note: It’s important to remember that to be human is to be political. Whenever people’s priorities, values, and interests diverge, some type of politicking usually takes place. ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 14. Straight Arrow  Score of 35-49  Not perceived as office politician  May neglect cultivating key people for career advancement  Honesty is the best policy ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 15. Lamb for Slaughter  Score of less than 35  Doesn’t believe in office politics  Commonly boasts of never practicing office politics  Easily eaten by sharks ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 16. Sizing up the Climate  Who’s related to who  About my boss  Irritations  Enemies  Personal facts  Politics practiced  Identify the true power and players  Look below - motivations  What are favored behaviors and status symbolsARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 17. What’s Your Corporate Climate  Answer the question with your first impression  Think most of the time when answering ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 18. Winning Strategies  Help your boss succeed  Be loyal, avoid disloyalty  Praise your boss to upper management  Imitate your boss’ slogans  Present options  Be visible  Teach your boss a skill  Be different - not part of whining masses ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 19. Rising Above it All  Shine at meetings  Compliment influential people  Talk big, outside the box  Appear cool under pressure  Display good corporate manners  Learn new skills and sell them  Be a team player ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 20. 7 Habits of Politically Savvy People 1.Politics are part of human interaction - you can set the tone by:  Not participating in gossip  Telling the truth  Checking out praises and criticismARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 21. 7 Habits of Politically Savvy People 2.Help design/define clear job roles and compatible teams. 3. Expose dirty tricks used by the sharks. 4. Don’t allow anyone to “get” something on you that can be used later. ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 22. 7 Habits of Politically Savvy People 5. Make emotional deposits with the people you work with. 6. Be known as a producer and not a politician. 7. Lift others up with you and forgive failures. ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
  • 23. Review  Politics are unavoidable  How political are you  What’s your corporate climate  How to rise above it all  7 Habits of Politically Savvy People ARISE TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER