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BSS: Surviving Office Politics by Patrick Forsyth

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Game, set and match

Successful office politicians come in all shapes and sizes. They operate at all levels of the organisation, either because everyone has to start somewhere, or because they have set their sights lower than the top (This, of course, does not make them any less political, there may be plenty of things they still want to achieve). They all have in common, however, the ability first to spot things around them that might help their cause; and secondly to think of ways of exploiting such things.

In this respect—if not always in others—they are decisive. Unlike the manager who was said to have a brilliant mind—until he made it up—such people spot the opportunity for advantage and run with it. They see opportunities in everything. ...

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