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BSS: Surviving Office Politics by Patrick Forsyth

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Management matters

If management is the art of getting things done through other people, rather than doing it for them (which it is), then maybe office politics can be described as the art of getting things done by manipulating people. Not that manipulating is the right word for your own entirely constructive attempts to get your own way, of course. There can be little doubt, however, that politics is a little easier if you are at management level and have a few of your own people to involve in the fray. Many of the processes of management, in fact, have about them the opportunity for a little political manoeuvring and can have side effects beyond their more obvious intent. Managers have to recruit, organise, develop, motivate and control the ...

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