It's All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren't Enough
From "It's All Politics
Like business in general, politics is not a spectator sport. You cannot afford to be apolitical at work if you have any aspirations for advancement. The only way to avoid politics is to avoid people--by finding an out-of-the-way corner where you can do your job. Of course, it's the same job you'll likely be doing for the rest of your career.
In any job, when you reach a certain level of technical competence, politics is what makes all the difference with regard to success. At that point, it is indeed all politics. Everyday brilliant people take a backseat to their politically adept colleagues by failing to win crucial support for their ideas. Sometimes politics involves going around or bending rules, but more typically it's about positioning your ideas in a favorable light, and knowing what to say, and how and when to say it....
Keep in mind that people benefit from perpetuating the image of politics as something you either know or you don't. Ignore them. Political acumen is largely learned from observation. And then it's a matter of practice, practice, practice. When a journalist suggested that golfing great Gary Player was very lucky, he replied: "It's funny, but the more I practice, the luckier I get." The same is true of politics.
An indispensable guide to mastering the ins and outs of office politics--the single most important factor in getting ahead in your career
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Review: It's All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren't EnoughUser Review - Shayne - Goodreads
Insightful. Though my current work environment isn't pathologically or even highly political, the issues raised here are still of importance. Read full review
Review: It's All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren't EnoughUser Review - Tamcamry - Goodreads
I can't begin to tell you how helpful this book is. This is another book that seems to put everything together. In this case, political dealings at work. Some of the things in here seem like common ... Read full review