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Enhancing Your Executive Edge: How to Develop the Skills to Lead and Succeed by Kerry Preston, Kim Zoller

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CHAPTER 9

Navigating Office Politics

HAVE YOU ever had to deal with office politics? Who has not? Politics is alive and well in virtually every organization, but the way in which you maneuver workplace situations can make or break your professional reputation.

According to U.S. workers, office politics is with us to stay. A study of 400 U.S. workers from staffing firm Robert Half International says that nearly 60 percent of workers believe that involvement in office politics is at least somewhat necessary to get ahead. There is at least some degree of politics at play in virtually every organization, Robert Half International’s chairman and CEO Max Messmer reports.

The goal is to manage the office politics around you and not compromise your career ...

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