9 Tips for Winning at Office Politics

Jul 1, 2016
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1. Embrace—don’t avoid—office politics. Go out of your way to help co-workers, and they might do the same in return. This quid pro quo arrangement can move your career forward faster than just hard work and loyalty.

2. Ask for feedback. If you’re concerned about your job performance, ask a trusted colleague for feedback. Ask questions such as “What did I do in that meeting that helped me or hindered me from achieving my goals?” or “How could I have communicated more effectively?”

3. Be your own advocate. Whether you’re asking for a promotion or introducing a new program, rehearse your case before the final presentation. Be direct, and accompany each request with two or three legitimate reasons it should be approved.

4. Don’t take workplace conflicts personally. If you’re taken to task because of a mistake at work (real or perceived), don’t take it personally. And don’t allow negativity and criticism to prompt you to retreat from your goals.

5. Build solid professional relationships. People make professional decisions based on relationships and not necessarily on skill, talent or dedication. Build and maintain the ties that can make or break your career.

6. Study the rules of the game. Know what the spoken and unspoken rules are at your workplace. For instance, is it taboo not to answer e-mails on a weekend? Can budgets be stretched, or must they be strictly adhered to? The more you know about which rules can be bent or broken, the more successful you’ll be at furthering your agenda.

7. Speak up when someone tries to make their agenda your agenda. Learn how to say no unapologetically and to recognize and deflect inappropriate delegation. Practice saying, “I’d love to help you out with this, but I’m just swamped.” Then stop talking.

8. Ask for introductions. Do you want to meet a potential or current client or the president of the board? Speak up! Get comfortable asking for referrals, phone numbers and introductions.

9. Don’t be swayed by emotions (yours or other people’s). If you’re negotiating with difficult co-workers or dealing with workplace conflict, don’t let emotions get the better of you. To succeed at work, let go of your need to be liked and your fear of confrontation.

Source: www.theadventurouswriter.com.

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