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The First-Time Manager in Asia by BH Tan

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HOW TO BE POLITICALLY SAVVY

I have debated long and hard with myself on how much I should share in this chapter on organizational politics. This being a book for first-time managers, will I not be unnecessarily alarming the readers? Perhaps, I should just leave this out as it’s unlikely that there will be that much politicking at this level?

Friends who have read the draft of this book are split on this question. As it is left to me as the author, I weigh in with those who advise, “Forewarned is forearmed.”

Politics is not a spectator sport. You can’t sit there and watch for it to be played out on someone else’s territory. There is a strange characteristic about politics. It seeks out those who are least interested in it. When it hits you, there ...

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