CHAPTER7

The Politics of Success

The topic of office politics seems to live in dark corners that most acknowledge but few want to talk about. We know it exists; we just choose not to discuss it in schools and even at home with our children. Ignoring it won’t make it go away, and the repercussions of not being politically astute can derail anyone’s career, personal journey, and self-esteem. Why can’t we just write down the political pitfalls in the workplace, write solutions to address them, and have employees study the manual? Doesn’t that beat the alternative?

The fact is, many good-natured people assume that they can manage their way through the political minefield. This is a real-world issue, and many well-meaning people struggle to cope with ...

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