Karen Dillon,Karen Dillon

HBR Guide to Office Politics (HBR Guide Series)

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Don’t let destructive drama sideline your career.
Every organization has its share of political drama: Personalities clash. Agendas compete. Turf wars erupt. But you need to work productively with your colleagues—even difficult ones—for the good of your organization and your career. How can you do that without compromising your personal values? By acknowledging that power dynamics and unwritten rules exist—and navigating them constructively.
The HBR Guide to Office Politics will help you succeed at work without being a power grabber or a corporate climber. Instead you’ll cultivate a political strategy that’s authentic to you. You’ll learn how to:Gain influence without losing your integrityContend with backstabbers and bulliesWork through tough conversationsManage tensions when resources are scarceGet your share of choice assignmentsAccept that not all conflict is bad
Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, from a source you trust. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.
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    ther times you deliberately and strategically form alliances to fulfill a need. For example, if your company’s hottest area of growth and development is outside your area of expertise, you might look for opportunities to form alliances with people in that group who are involved in interesting projects as a way of orienting yourself with the work they’re doing.
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    And Ron benefited from their alliance, too. “I always put him forth as someone to be depended on, someone to be consulted,” Heathfield says. “I learned so much from Ron about creating relationships and adding value.” When you’re thoughtful about picking and maintaining the right set of allies, the relationships can pay dividends for years—for both of you.
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    element. I want to add value, but I can’t do it without knowing more than I do.’” Ron introduced her to skilled tradespeople and immersed her in the life of the plant in a way that earned her respect from the union workers, who otherwise might have been wary of her intentions. “He had the tool and die guys invite me to their meetings. And then each group invited me.” Little by little, Heathfield earned not only Ron’s respect but also the respect of all the union workers in the plant. She was eventually invited to
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