I’ve always said that in politics, your enemies can’t hurt you, but your friends will kill you.

—Ann Richards

In this chapter we address how to optimize project results in politically charged environments. A political environment is the power structure, formal and informal, in an organization. It is how things get done, within day-to-day processes and through a network of relationships.

Organizational politics is often viewed as the pursuit of individual agendas and self-interest in an organization without regard to ...

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