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Simple Is the New Smart by Rob Fazio

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Political DenialBe Savvy, Not Slimy

An executive without political savvy is like a smartphone without a wireless carrier; you will have something to do, but you won’t be connected to who and what you want.

Whether you like it or not, politics are part of business and life. In my experience, teaching political skills has been one of the hardest aspects of leadership development. This is not because the tools and techniques are hard to learn, but because of the baggage that the word “politics” bears. People do not like the idea of being political because it goes against their value system.

For good reason, the idea of being political or being involved with office politics creates a values conflict for people. This is completely understandable. ...

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