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BSS: Surviving Office Politics by Patrick Forsyth

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Many people would agree that one of their least favourite moments of the year is their annual job appraisal. Many managers are not too keen on conducting these annual, or sometimes more frequent, rituals. The worst managers hate doing them because they are downright bad at doing them and at worst, because they are unsure how to go about them. Sometimes they are just embarrassing, contrived, ill-structured witch hunts: a chance for past sins to be revisited and for managers to make themselves feel powerful by indulging in extensive criticism.

They should, however, be valuable. They should focus on improving performance in the future. And no astute office politician should ignore the opportunity that they afford.

So, let us start ...

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