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How to Succeed at Office Politics

Think about your first experience with office politics.  Did you lean into the game or avoid it altogether?

One of the biggest mistakes aspiring and current leaders make is avoiding the inevitable game of office politics. 

Before we get too far along let’s level set your expectations. 

Office Politics Exists Everywhere.

Although you may be tempted to quit a job or give up on a work relationship because of the politics you’re facing, the cold hard truth is that you’re going to face it in the next role or with the next colleague.  Today we’re going to discuss three rules you must know to navigate office politics flawlessly. 

As always the juiciest stuff is in the video below, but if you’re too pressed for time to watch the full 6 and a half minute video, here’s a quick snapshot. 

  1. Focus on building relationships with key influencers.  When trying to navigate office politics, it’s critical to build quality relationships quickly and nurture them often. 
  2. Treat office politics like a game and play to win!  Most people opt out of office politics because they’re uncomfortable with it.  Opting out puts you at a severe disadvantage, because you remove yourself from the positive opportunities – known and unknown –  that could come your way.  At the 3 1/2 minute mark, I show you how to play the game without losing your soul in the process. 
  3. Don’t take it personally.  I know that’s easier said than done when people aren’t inviting you to meetings and lunches.  Just remember, it usually isn’t personal.  It usually is about factors that unrelated to you.  At the 4 1/2 minute mark I share a great strategy I learned to stay grounded when you feel an interaction getting political and personal. 

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The corporate world needs that unique gift that only you bring. So go out into the world, act with conviction, be courageous and live joyfully every single day.

XO, Adwoa

Adwoa Dadzie is a Vice President of Human Resources at Comcast and a Millennial Corporate Career Thought Leader.

The views expressed in this post are Adwoa’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.


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