Dealing With Office Politics
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Dealing With Office Politics

If you are looking for advice on how to not only survive, but land on top regarding office politics, I’m not your girl. It’s been the bane of my career. I am too blunt, I lack tact, I speak my mind, and I fail to keep my mouth shut when it would service me best.

All that being said I tend to be a highly valued employee. When those rounds of lay-offs come my name is never on the list, even though I’ve wished it was on more than one occasion. Sometimes a lay-off is just what you need to jump start a new direction. I am highly efficient and work smart with a high level of accuracy. Not to say I don’t make mistakes or errors, of course I do, but not very often and the impact tends to be low and very fixable.

Surviving Office Politics

What is my point? My point is, unless you can learn the fine art of navigating office politics you’ll never amount to more than a worker-bee, even if it’s a highly valued one. You will watch co-workers and new employees leap frog ahead of you as you wonder what they have they you don’t. Apparently, its tact and the strategy of silence that these people have honed. Admittedly this is a challenge that has eluded me for the entirety of my career.

My opinions and tact are valued, typically by my boss, who then dresses up my commentary into politically correct terminology. I’ve achieved promotions and pay raises, I’ve even achieved a high level position in my career, but my failure in office politics continues to haunt me.

I’ve learned over the years, and yet my inability to prevent myself from making a point that I find imperative to disclose continues. How does one learn this invaluable skill? Is this a skill I need to begin teaching my child at a young age so that it becomes ingrained in her behavior? How would I go about teaching her something I am miserable at myself? I guess I have to leave that lesson for Daddy to teach.

Stay Out of Office Politics

Considering office politics is a sticking point for me, and the size of a business seemingly has no impact, the politics are at all sizes of companies, going the solo route has increasing appeal. I’ve reached a skill level in which I can do consulting work for companies and individuals while not diving into the office activities of any particular company.

It’s not as if I’m unfit to be with other people, it’s more that I’m unable to traverse the career ladder, which hinders my personal goals and limits my income potential. I need to place myself in an environment where I have greater control of my personal progress, my personal income. It’s time I tried my skills as an entrepreneur, a business owner, with a staff of one.


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