Political Skills to Win at Office Politics

Office politics exist in almost every business. Individuals engage in these actions to improve their situation and advance their personal agenda, often at the expense of others. These self-serving activities, whether formal or informal, can give politics in the workplace an unfavorable reputation. However, there are some positive components to what is generally referred to as office politics. Office politics, for example, may only help to develop networking and stakeholder ties.

The truth is that developing some political knowledge is a good idea if you want to be successful in business. Practicing office politics can help you avoid being taken advantage of and progress your career. We may fall behind in our job growth if we do not master these talents.

Do you want to move your company forward, achieve greater success, take on more responsibilities, and work on high-profile projects? Do you want to be at the forefront of company executives because they create their legacy? Then you must learn how to win at office politics that exist in your company and group.

Seek feedback

If you understand your personality and are aware of thy self then you have successfully passed the first stage of being a political maestro. The idea is to have a clear picture of your own reactions in various circumstances and concentrate on picking up cues and feedback from the other guy.

Know Your Battleground

The second stage would be to get acquainted with both formal and informal climates of the organization and the limits of the organization. From here on, you can figure out when and how to work within that organization.

Become an Active Listener

The techniques or should I say traits of a good listener enable him to understand and assess a situation better. Tricks like paying attention, holding judgment, reflecting, clarifying, summarizing, and sharing can be learned and practiced. However, Non-verbal communication should be paid an equal amount of importance.

Appeal to the Common Good

Look beyond immediate results and needs. To do that before making a decision or a request consider the situation of all the colleagues involved. Ask yourself what can you give them? Or how your decision or request might affect them negatively? The idea is to find a way to appeal to the common good.

Use Leverage

Be a broker of ideas and knowledge, draw their resources but also offer your own. This skill when taken to an across organizational levels will help you bridge gaps from the outside world. Develop Persuasion Tactics - Persuasion is making appeals based on logic, emotion, or a sense of cooperation. Learning and developing all three approaches can turn you into an effective persuader.

Seek Training

While drama-based training can help you learn emotional regulation and management of voice tone control, leadership and team training can improve your ability to build and maintain relationships, manage conflict and work collaboratively.

Find a Master

A teacher, coach, or mentor can help you understand your feedback and help you structure your learning process. Your mentor need not work in the same organization, but he needs to understand the dynamics of a politically charged environment.

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Career Magazine: Political Skills to Win at Office Politics
Political Skills to Win at Office Politics
Here are explain how to win at office politics and put the power of politics to work for you.
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