The Secret Shortcuts To Playing Office Politics

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Success whether one is an individual or corporation can feel as though one has hit a brick wall. Nothing is conventional in this new “normal.” The challenges we face may change our lives, however, they don;t have to ruin them. My friend Geoffrey James has written a list of shortcuts which can give you an edge:

Play Clean Office Politics

Find out what other people need and want.

Build mutually useful alliances with those you can trust.

Keep track of the favors you owe and the ones owed you.

Use your alliances at key points to help achieve your goals.

How to Recruit a Mentor

Forget official mentoring programs; they’re like arranged marriages.

Mentors crave to teach people what they have learned.

Seek out mentors who have experience and skills you lack.

Ask for advice and let the relationship develop naturally.

Be kind when you outgrow the relationship (as you will eventually).

How to Handle Annoying Coworkers

Wafflers can’t decide, so force the issue.

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