If you are reading this you are probably one of many people who want to just come to work, do a good job and make a difference. You find yourself, instead, caught up every day in office politics.
While you probably just want it to go away, or find an organisation where it doesn’t exist, the bad news is that is unlikely to happen. It is a fact of life in most organisations. More importantly, you ignore it and its consequences at your professional peril.
Office politics – the strategies people use to gain advantage in the workplace – is nearly always seen as a negative and the harder people play the game, the more difficult, stressful and overwhelming it becomes for all those caught in the cross-fire.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a negative. It is a game. You don’t have to play dirty, but you do have to play. You have to become politically astute and savvy and learn the rules of the game. It’s a skill, and learning to use that skill in constructive and positive ways is essential for anyone who wants to advance their career today. If you don’t, you can very easily be side-lined for opportunities and promotions, not have your talent recognised and be taken for granted. Your reputation will suffer. You will be seen as not having the qualities to rise to leadership. You’ll get left behind, denied the success you rightly deserve.Read More
International Women’s Day 2016 is a good day to decide to face head on the challenge you face as a woman in integrating your personal and professional life. I have shared here 15 actions for you to consider in making that happen. Most importantly, don’t give up when the going gets tough. Too many women find the struggle of balancing the competing demands of their work and family too stressful and give up on their work. When this happens make it “Our” problem – yours as a couple, not just yours as a mother or professional woman. Talk it through with your partner. Talk with your mentor or coach. Be proactive first, before being reactive. Get clear what the issues are. Ask yourself: what do I really want to happen here? Think laterally: how could I make that happen in this situation? Or,what’s the closest I can get to what I want in this situation?Read More