Office Politics And Being Political Savvy

‘Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.’

– Jack Welch

Office politics is much discussed topic in organisation, people hate it ( atleast no one openly supports it) , but no organisation is free from it. It is something no one can avoid. Employees should learn how to deal with it.

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Korn Ferry has come up with an interesting competency called Political Savvy. Political Savvy measures a person on …

  • How he navigates smoothly through political waters and deals with it patiently, anticipates where land mines are and plans accordingly.
  • How he deals with “not –invented-here” and territory protection.
  • How good he is in persuading upper management to his point of view.
  • How he communicates- is he too direct and does not consider it impact on others? or is he sensitive to how  people and organization functions.
  • How he projects consequences of his actions.
  • How he deals with politics- does he try to remain apolitical and keep himself away from politics? or accepts that politics is part of organisational life.

Office Politics Superstore.

A person who rates high on this competency not only survives in organisation but also climbs career ladder faster.

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One thought on “Office Politics And Being Political Savvy

  1. While I agree with omnipresence of politics, it also true that the degree matters. Leadership has the responsibility to influence the politics in a manner that politics remains a fringe activity and does not impact mainstream actions. Frankly, that’s what would differentiate a competitive and sustainable organization from others where politics and power influence major organizational decisions.

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