What is the best way for executives to deal with organizational politics?

ROGER CONWAY

Conway, based at CCL's campus in San Diego, is manager of The Looking Glass Experience and Leadership at the Peak programs. He holds a doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne.

The presence of politics in organizational life is undeniable. In my seven years of teaching in programs at CCL, I have never heard an affirmative response to the question, “Do any of you come from an organization where there are no politics?”

Attitudes toward organizational politics vary widely. Many if not most people hold a negative view, seeing politics as something that individuals engage in merely to improve or protect their own status, or as a method ...

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