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Workplace politics is the use of power and networking within an organization to achieve personal benefits. Workplace politics is highly influenced by individuals and often serves personal interests without regard of its effect on the organization.
Some of the personal advantages may include access to tangible assets, or intangible benefits such as status or pseudo-authority that can influences the behaviour of others.
Workplace politics is similar to a game as it requires careful assessment & assumption of risk. One should play the game of politics with diligence and a full understanding of the players and their capabilities.
Playing the game of workplace politics is inevitable, and extremely exhausting. In a politically charged work environment, extreme effort have to be put forth in order to simply ensure that WORK to be done has maximum priority other than personal agenda

Workplace politics is the use of power and networking within an organization to achieve personal benefits. Workplace politics is highly influenced by individuals and often serves personal interests without regard of its effect on the organization.
Some of the personal advantages may include access to tangible assets, or intangible benefits such as status or pseudo-authority that can influences the behaviour of others.
Workplace politics is similar to a game as it requires careful assessment & assumption of risk. One should play the game of politics with diligence and a full understanding of the players and their capabilities.
Playing the game of workplace politics is inevitable, and extremely exhausting. In a politically charged work environment, extreme effort have to be put forth in order to simply ensure that WORK to be done has maximum priority other than personal agenda

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Workplace Political Intelligence - Workplace Politics - Games people play

  1. 1. Today we shall be talking about very interesting topic and I request the viewers to please look at the following slides and guess the agenda for today's presentation
  2. 2. Planning & Plotting
  3. 3. Victimising
  4. 4. Jealously & Hatred
  5. 5. Manipulation
  6. 6. Back Stabbing
  7. 7. Frustration
  8. 8. Keep Guessing....
  9. 9. Any Clues... So far
  10. 10. Yes we are going to talk about something that happens in every office.
  11. 11. ?
  12. 12. Managing and manipulating people!
  13. 13. Games People Play
  14. 14. OFFIC EP LITI C S
  15. 15. WORKPLACE POLITICS
  16. 16. WORKPLACE POLITICS is all about SURVIVING .....
  17. 17. Understanding & Coping Ultimately Winning the GAME Without losing Sanity
  18. 18. MOST OF THE EMPLOYEES THINK
  19. 19. Is caused by a bunch of scheming, self-serving employees that waste energy & time. We need none of it!
  20. 20. Is annoying, but that is probably just a fact of corporate life. We’ll play the game when we have to
  21. 21. Workplace Politics is generally Good & we should get better at it. There is a place for politics in work for sure SOME INTERESTING VIEWS ON WORKPLACE POLITICS
  22. 22. Workplace politics is a wonderful, fun, and exciting tool that yields better decisions for companies. We need more of it! SOME INTERESTING VIEWS ON WORKPLACE POLITICS
  23. 23. WORKPLACE Politics is Natural & Unavoidable because people will always have DIFFERENT and LEGITIMATE 1. Beliefs 2. Issues 3. Wants & Needs, Desires 4. Ambitions …..
  24. 24. These differences are created Biologically, Environmentally AND ABOVE ALL Because of ……
  25. 25. ORGANIZATIONAL STURCTURES OF HIERARCHY, POSITIONS and POWER
  26. 26. SO WE ARE INN FOR A SERIOUS PROBLEM…
  27. 27. How to resolve conflicts that arise from these natural and unavoidable differences
  28. 28. That is where WORKPLACE POLITICS comes into PLAY
  29. 29. Workplace politics is the use of power and networking within an organization to achieve PERSONAL BENEFITS
  30. 30. Workplace politics is highly influenced by individuals and often serves personal interests without regard of its EFFECT ON THE ORGANIZATION
  31. 31. Workplace politics is neither good nor bad How people working for the organization Implements makes the Workplace politics GOOD OR BAD!
  32. 32. SIGNS OF BAD WORKPLACE POLITICS Lying & Cheating Back Stabbing Psychological manipulation (Influencing & Bullying) Self promoting - Ego tripping Favoritism – Biasness Manipulating – Lobbying One –up man ship
  33. 33. SIGNS OF GOOD WORKPLACE POLITICS Fair distribution and allocation of resources Fair allocation of opportunity Fair distribution of decision making power Reduction of authoritarianism Helpful work environment Ethical working norms
  34. 34. BENEFITS OF GOOD WORKPLACE POLITICS Your work gets approval fast You access to resources becomes easy You face less opposition You can Influence decision making You increase the chances for Compensation, Acknowledgement & Advancement You get Noticed Survive change and AVOID TROUBLE
  35. 35. Politics and Power is often synonymous
  36. 36. Politics and Power is often synonymous But the significant question is what means do we use to gain power and how do we exercise the power at workplace?
  37. 37. WORKPLACE Politics and Power TOOLS
  38. 38. WORKPLACE Politics and Power TOOLS AUTHORITY
  39. 39. WORKPLACE Politics and Power TOOLS AUTHORITY CULTURE
  40. 40. WORKPLACE Power TOOLS AUTHORITY CULTURE POLITICS
  41. 41. WORKPLACE Politics and Power TOOLS AUTHORITY Formal power granted through organizational structure “DO IT OR YOU ARE FIRED”
  42. 42. WORKPLACE Politics and Power TOOLS AUTHORITY CULTURE Shared vision, values and attitudes, behavioral norms “DO IT BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO”
  43. 43. WORKPLACE Power TOOLS AUTHORITY CULTURE POLITICS Effective use of power through influence, persuasion, & negotiation “DO IT BECAUSE IT IS IN YOUR SELF INEREST TO DO IT”
  44. 44. WORKPLACE Power TOOLS AUTHORITY CULTURE POLITICS Depending upon the Industries these tools may skew differently In some industries AUTHORITY & POLITICS works, whereas in others it might be the CULTURE & POLITICS and so on..
  45. 45. Blend AUTHORITY/CULTURE and POLITICS perfectly is key to survive the workplace politics
  46. 46. Accept that we all need to be political to get the things moving
  47. 47. Follow ETHICAL WORKPLACE POLITICS!
  48. 48. We should never advance our own interests by harming the Business or by hurting other people!
  49. 49. We should focus in Building, Protecting, and using our Power ETHICALLY GOOD WORKPLACE POLITICS
  50. 50. We should not on undermine the power of others UNETHICALLY BAD WORKPLACE POLITICS
  51. 51. We should develop WORKPLACE POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE
  52. 52. Developing WORKPLACE POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE is about WHERE? WHO? WHEN? HOW?
  53. 53. Developing WORKPLACE POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE is about WHERE? Where does power come from and how to get it?
  54. 54. Developing WORKPLACE POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE is about WHO? Who has power & how to expand power through them?
  55. 55. Developing WORKPLACE POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE is about WHEN? When to use / expend the power?
  56. 56. Developing WORKPLACE POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE is about HOW? How most effectively power can be used?
  57. 57. POWER Comes from POSITION Title Authority Control Access Location
  58. 58. Regularly POSITIONAL POWER
  59. 59. POSITIONAL POWER SHOULD BE – STRONG (ETHICALLY) AND WELL GAURDED FROM ENCROACHMENT
  60. 60. POWER Comes from RELATIONSHIPS Networking Helping Alliances Reciprocity Linkages
  61. 61. Regularly RELATIONAL POWER
  62. 62. RELATIONAL POWER SHOULD GROW (ETHICALLY) AND WELL MAINTAINED
  63. 63. POWER Comes from WITHIN Reputation Honesty Trustworthiness Reliable Persuasiveness Emotional Stability Confidence Flexibility Endurance Integrity
  64. 64. Regularly POWER WITHIN
  65. 65. IT IS THE STRONGEST POWER TOOL TO PLAY THE WORKPLACE GAME OF POLITICS – ETHICALLY!
  66. 66. Playing the game of workplace politics is inevitable, and extremely exhausting. In a politically charged work environment, extreme effort have to be put forth in order to simply ensure that WORK to be done has maximum priority other than personal agenda CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
  67. 67. Workplace politics is similar to a game and requires careful assessment & assumption of risk. Play the game of politics with diligence and a full understanding of the players and their capabilities. CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
  68. 68. Workplace Politics is Natural & Unavoidable because people will always have DIFFERENT and LEGITIMATE – Beliefs / Issues / Wants & Needs / Desires / Ambitions ….. . CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
  69. 69. Play your GAME of POLITICS ethically and wish others WELL!!!
  70. 70. Wherever You Go, No Matter What The Weather, Always Bring Your Own Sunshine...
  71. 71. Thank You Vinod.kr.sharma@gmail.com

Editor's Notes

  • Today we shall be talking about very interesting topic and as usual I would request the audience to please look at the following slides and guess the agenda for today's presentation
  • Victim
  • Jealousy and hatred
  • Manipulation
  • Bad stabbing
  • Annoyance
  • There you go
  • Yes we are going to talk about something that happens in every office and that cannot be avoided
  • Yes I am talking about dangerous games that people play at work place
  • That is Managing and manipulating people
  • OFFICE POLITICS
  • Some believe that Politics is caused by a bunch of scheming, self-serving, employees that waste energy & time.
    And there is NO need of it!
  • Some believe that Politics is annoying, but I recognize that it is probably just a fact of corporate life.
    I’ll play the game when I have to, hopefully not too often

  • Strange isn’t it....
  • POWER COMES FROM POSITION
    Title & “vestiges” of power (think corner office)
    Authority to act within a specific scope
    Control of the allocation, access to, and use of specific resources “that others need”
    Objective-setting, appraisal & compensation approval
    Access to Information
    Location in the info/social web
    Centrality – how often you proxy
    Connectedness – how many nodes you touch
    Closeness – How close are you to connected nodes
    Complexity – The # of nodes unique to you
  • POWER COMES FROM WITHIN
    Reputation
    Ability to tolerate conflict and work with curmudgeons
    Ability to recognize bad politics and respond appropriately
    Honesty, Trustworthiness and reliability
    EQ, communication, persuasion skills and charisma
    High value/demand expertise (be irreplaceable because you add value, not because you are a bottleneck)
    Powerful ideas, enthusiasm, hard work and focus
    Flexibility and the ability to get along
    Confidence and stamina (endurance prevails over cleverness)
  • Run your own RACE and wish others WELL!!!
  • Wherever You Go, No Matter What The Weather, Always Bring Your Own Sunshine...

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