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CHAPTER SEVEN Face the Politics

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Company politics. Bridge club politics. Church politics. City politics. When you read politics, what words come to your mind? Quickly, come up with three. Chances are, the thoughts and feelings behind these three words reflect your first reactions to the politics that surround you at work. They shape the lens through which you see all interactions. They color the meaning you extract from actions you witness.

Review the words you noted a moment ago: Do they reflect a negative bias? If so, then this chapter is particularly for you—especially if you combine a distaste for politics with frustration about your ...

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