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BSS: Surviving Office Politics by Patrick Forsyth

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Round your little finger

If one thing is clear so far from this review, it is surely that there is no short cut to success in office politics. The successful politician makes use of anything and everything that goes on around him. What is more, he regards his adversaries—sorry, friendly rivals—not as a homogeneous group to be dealt with in the same way, but all as individuals needing different tactics. Even so, it helps to regard them as falling into a number of groups, each particular in terms of their awkwardness and how specifically you should deal with them. First let us consider the most difficult types:

•   The ‘have a row at all costs’ types are just that—Any little incident is exaggerated and built up into a major row, grudges are very ...

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