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Office Politics: Positive Results from Fair Practices

Book Description

Designed to be used by workers at all levels, this innovative new book addresses both the positive and negative aspects of office politics. It not only explains why political situations are so common, it also shows how you can use them to your benefit. Learn how to confidently and diplomatically respond to unfair situations, and even how to recover from your own political blunders. Discover the five simple rules of office politics that will enhance your career. The importance of mutual understanding and respect in dealing with office politics is emphasized, but tips of recognizing devious tactics are also provided.

Coverage includes—

  • To discuss the need for being political in the workplace

  • To explain positive political techniques

  • To explain strategies of political negotiating

  • To discuss negative politics and to show how to deal with them

Table of Contents

  1. Learning Objectives For:
  2. About the Author
  3. Dedication
  4. Introduction
  5. Understanding Workplace Politics
    1. The Meaning of Office Politics
      1. Five Simple Rules
      2. Self-Check
    2. Politics has Changed
      1. The Good and the Bad
    3. Do You Need to Play the Game to Stay?
      1. Author’s Comments
      2. Principles to Follow
  6. The Way It Is
    1. Why Political Situations are Common
      1. Author’s Comments
    2. Your True Choices
      1. Lightly Engage
      2. Moderately Engage
      3. Heavily Engage
    3. The Endless Campaign
      1. Campaign Building Blocks
    4. How Power Enables
      1. Your Power Vision
      2. Masters of the Game (How they Work)
  7. Politics can Improve Your Career
    1. How to Remain Politically Correct
      1. How to Make the Best Decision
    2. The Power of Focus
      1. What Do You Think?
    3. Recognizing and Recovering from Mistakes
    4. How to Use Political Correctness
      1. Author’s Comments
      2. Keys to Positive Politicking
      3. What it Means to be Politically Correct
      4. How to Work with Uncertainty
  8. Devious Tactics can Destroy
    1. Recognize Devious Tactics
      1. Tactic: False Support
      2. Tactic: Discrediting
      3. Tactic: Back Stabbing
      4. Tactic: Stealing Idea
      5. Tactic: Crippling
      6. Tactic: Emotional Blackmail
      7. Tactic: Zoning
      8. Tactic: Unacceptable Conditions
    2. Avoid the Attackers
    3. Never Lose Control
      1. Think First, Act Later
      2. Author’s Comments
      3. Are You too Predictable?
    4. Understanding Behavior
  9. The Long and Short of Office Relationships
    1. Support at Every Level
      1. Impressing Higher-Ups
      2. Impressing Your Boss
      3. Gaining Support from Clients
      4. Gaining Support from Co-Workers
      5. Supporting Yourself
      6. Gaining Support from Subordinates
    2. Peers and Power Plays
    3. Exploited Weaknesses
    4. Your Communication Style
      1. Political Masquerading
    5. Glory Seeking or Healthy Ambition
    6. Teamwork—Talent—Tensions
      1. Exercise
    7. The Truth about R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
    8. Workplace Friendships
      1. Our Advice
  10. The Art of Political Negotiations
    1. Negotiate with Skill
      1. Advantages to Learning Negotiation Skills
      2. Competitive versus Collaborative Negotiations
      3. A Career-Saving Skill
      4. Negotiable Political Interests
    2. Political Styles
      1. A Look at the Dynamics of Style
    3. Knowledge and Political Negotiating Power
      1. Proven Negotiation Strategies that Work When You have Information
  11. Political Liberty
    1. Your Political Rights
    2. Politically Naive to Politically Wise
      1. The Only Vote that Counts
    3. Addressing Unacceptable Behavior
      1. What can Employees Do?
      2. What to Watch For
      3. What Not to Do
    4. Your Strategy for Survival
      1. Plan B
    5. It’s Not Whether You Win or Lose…Or Is It?