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How to Navigate Office Politics?

Many people view office politics as a negative aspect of working in an organization. 


They see office politics as a game that people play in order to get ahead, often at the expense of others. 


Others view office politics as a necessary evil that must be navigated in order to get things done.


The truth is, office politics are a natural outgrowth of working in organizations. 

When people work together, they will inevitably have differences of opinion. 


These differences can lead to conflict, which can be resolved through negotiation and compromise.


A "head, heart and hands" approach can be critical to success in office politics. 


The head is about understanding the organization, the heart is about relationships and the hands is about taking action. 


The first step is to understand the organization. What are the goals of the organization? What are the power structures? What are the unwritten rules? How does the game work?


The second step is to develop relationships and build circles of trust. Who are the key players? Who can help you achieve your goals? How can you help them achieve their goals?  


The third step is to take action. What are the best ways to achieve your goals? How can you use your relationships to your advantage? 


By understanding the organization, by building circles of trust, and by getting things done, we can navigate office politics more successfully. 


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