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Surviving the Toxic Workplace: Protect Yourself Against Coworkers, Bosses, and Work Environments That Poison Your Day by Linnda Durre

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CHAPTER 30The Politicians

The Political Soap Boxer

The Office Politician

The Brownnoser

The Ladder Climber

The Boss’s Relative

Whether it’s in the halls of Congress, the White House, or a small business in Des Moines, Iowa, every workplace hosts an undercurrent of political activity at all times. It can change in an instant depending on a new boss being appointed, people being downsized, companies merging or going bankrupt, and a host of other factors. Office politics is about power—who has it, who doesn’t have it, and who wants to get it. How people go about getting it is what office politics are about—are your colleagues ethical, up-front, and hardworking in their efforts? Or are they devious, backstabbing, and vicious? Power, like money, ...

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