Office Politics, Part 3: Hard Power vs. Soft Power

true leaderAfter my previous posts on Office Politics  I got some very interesting reactions from readers. Many of them included the same question: How to be good at Office Politics without getting into unnecessary conflicts? In order to answer this question, we have to understand why engaging in Politics leads to conflicts initially. Continue reading

Office Politics, Part 2: What’s your Status?

your statusAfter discussing the basic properties of Office Politics and the importance of gossiping correctly in order to succeed at it, I would like to discuss the concept of Social Status.

If gossip is one of the main tools of Office Politics, status is its main currency, being lost or acquired through different actions and interactions. For some people, the goal is to achieve maximum level of status, however if you’ve ever heard about Peter Principle, you may consider achieving optimal status instead. Continue reading

Office Politics, Part 1: How to gossip correctly

Office politics 2In my previous post I did my best to present the concept of Legitimate Office Politics, while stressing the importance of doing it properly. Now let’s deal with one of its most basic aspects – participating in Office Gossip.

There are people who have a natural and an understandable aversion to any kind of gossip. They usually think something like: “I don’t like it when people discuss me behind my back, so I’m not ready to discuss others behind their backs”. However, one glance at the history of humankind can prove that gossiping is such an important part of our lives that there is no escaping it.  Continue reading

Back to work!

back to work

The vacation passed too quickly, so here I am, back to my quest against Biases on the pages of AnyaWorkSmart. Even though I met a lot of interesting people and done a lot of interesting things in the last weeks, there is nothing like getting back to what I really like 🙂

Here is a quick preview of what I would like to share with you in the following months: Continue reading