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Suddenly In Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around by Matuson R Chinsky

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CHAPTER TWOOffice Politics

You’re in the Game,So Deal with It!

Let’s get one thing straight. No matter what you might be told, office politics is one game that is played in every organization. It doesn’t matter whether you work for a nonprofit, government agency, private company, or family-owned business, there is always a round of politics being played somewhere, whether it’s the boardroom or the backroom.

Before you begin writing your letter of resignation, it’s important to understand that politics isn’t just about manipulation. It’s about using power effectively. Jeffrey Pfeffer goes into extensive detail about this in his book Managing with Power, Politics and Influence in Organizations (1992). I’m a huge fan of Pfeffer’s work, as he doesn’t ...

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