@afox98 #LavaCon
Politics is Not a Dirty Word!
Alyssa Fox
alyssa.fox@netiq.com
“how to survive office politics”
“dealing with office politics”
“navigating office politics”
“playing to win at office ...
flickr: El Nagual
The Tarnish of Politics’ Name
 Lying
 Cheating
 Gossiping
 Backstabbing
 Sucking up
 Manipulating
 Ego-feedi...
The “Positive Politics” Shine
 Fair team distributions
 Elimination of silos
 Strategic prioritization
 Reduction ...
What IS Office Politics?
 “Working with human beings who have complex feelings
and motivations” (Will Sansbury)
 “Hum...
My Definition
Relationship building
to attain a position of influence
to achieve your goals
(with credit to Edwin Skau...
Who is Involved in Office Politics?
flickr: tecnomovida
flickr: le temple du chemisier
flickr: kylemac
Why do We Care?
 Impact on deadlines
 Team members’ time
 Better content reviews
 Approval for headcount and/or pr...
Why do We Care?
 Understanding of pushback on scope/timeline/approach
 Allies in other departments
 Understanding of...
What do You Need to Know?
flickr: ky_olsen
flickr: eclectic echoes
flickr: owenbooth
How do You Get There?
Relationship building
 Build your network.
to attain a position of influence
 Adapt your appro...
Building Your Network
 Who should you build relationships with?
 What can you do to build relationships with people?
...
How do You Engage Positively?
 Bring proposed solutions or ask for help when faced with
problems.
 Understand office ...
Adapt Your Approach to Your Audience
 Who is your audience and how might
you tailor your message to that group?
 What...
Know, Defend, and Evangelize Your
Business Objectives
 What are your goals in your organization?
 How can engaging in...
References and Further Reading
 “7 Habits to Win in Office Politics,” Lawrence Cheok, http://www.lifehack.org/articles/w...
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Politics is not a dirty word!

Office politics is not always a bad thing. It's relationship building to acquire a position of influence and help you achieve your goals.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Published in: Career      
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Transcripts - Politics is not a dirty word!

  • 1. @afox98 #LavaCon Politics is Not a Dirty Word! Alyssa Fox alyssa.fox@netiq.com
  • 2. “how to survive office politics” “dealing with office politics” “navigating office politics” “playing to win at office politics” “how to avoid office politics” “how to win at office politics without selling your soul” “Office politics: how to thrive in a world of lying, backstabbing and dirty tricks”
  • 3. flickr: El Nagual
  • 4. The Tarnish of Politics’ Name  Lying  Cheating  Gossiping  Backstabbing  Sucking up  Manipulating  Ego-feeding flickr: mbgrigby
  • 5. The “Positive Politics” Shine  Fair team distributions  Elimination of silos  Strategic prioritization  Reduction of egos  Working toward “the greater good”  Healthy conflict resolution  Constructive criticism with the goal of improvement  Contribution to the success of others  Strong working relationships flickr: helen.2006
  • 6. What IS Office Politics?  “Working with human beings who have complex feelings and motivations” (Will Sansbury)  “Human relationship management” (Wayne Wilson)  “Learning to work with different personality types, understanding what drives your coworkers” (Meredith Kramer)  “Managing people, not politics” (Sue Heim)  “Use of power and social networking within an organization to achieve changes that benefit the organization or individuals within it” (Wikipedia)
  • 7. My Definition Relationship building to attain a position of influence to achieve your goals (with credit to Edwin Skau also)
  • 8. Who is Involved in Office Politics? flickr: tecnomovida flickr: le temple du chemisier flickr: kylemac
  • 9. Why do We Care?  Impact on deadlines  Team members’ time  Better content reviews  Approval for headcount and/or projects  Value of team members  Evangelism of our work  Influence decision-making  Support for change initiatives  Targeted content  Usability testing  Videos  Improved processes
  • 10. Why do We Care?  Understanding of pushback on scope/timeline/approach  Allies in other departments  Understanding of the work we do  Healthy work environment  Constructive criticism  Reduced conflict  Social aspects  Career advancement  Understanding others’ perspectives  Level of abstraction as you rise in an organization (management path)  Ability to guide and persuade others (non-management path)
  • 11. What do You Need to Know? flickr: ky_olsen flickr: eclectic echoes flickr: owenbooth
  • 12. How do You Get There? Relationship building  Build your network. to attain a position of influence  Adapt your approach to your audience. to achieve your goals  Know, defend, and evangelize your business objectives.
  • 13. Building Your Network  Who should you build relationships with?  What can you do to build relationships with people?  How can you help others to strengthen those relationships?  How do your actions influence your work relationships? flickr: vuhung
  • 14. How do You Engage Positively?  Bring proposed solutions or ask for help when faced with problems.  Understand office protocol and stay within it.  Avoid those who practice bad politics.  Avoid gossip and emotion-fueled rants.
  • 15. Adapt Your Approach to Your Audience  Who is your audience and how might you tailor your message to that group?  What should you know about others when building these relationships?  What are some ways to work through conflict without getting personal? flickr: Sundve
  • 16. Know, Defend, and Evangelize Your Business Objectives  What are your goals in your organization?  How can engaging in “positive politics” help you achieve your goals?  How do your goals fit in to your organization’s goals?
  • 17. References and Further Reading  “7 Habits to Win in Office Politics,” Lawrence Cheok, http://www.lifehack.org/articles/work/7- habits-to-win-in-office-politics.html  “Fame, Glory, and Tech Comm” presentation, Sarah O’Keefe, https://www.slideshare.net/Scriptorium/fame-glory-and-tech-comm  How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0671027034/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco- 20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0671027034&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3 HWK55XCGG2  “Know Your Own Hot Buttons at Work,” Lorene Schaefer, http://winwinhr.com/know-your-own-hot-buttons- at-work/  “Office Politics: Must You Play? A Handbook for Survival/Success,” Cheryl Conner, http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2013/04/14/office-politics-must-you-play-a-handbook- for-survivalsuccess/  “Practical Politics: Survive the Office” presentation, Eric Tachibana, http://www.slideshare.net/selenasol/practical-office-politics  “Stop Avoiding Office Politics,” Linda Hill and Kent Lineback, http://blogs.hbr.org/2011/11/stop-avoiding- office-politics/  Strength Deployment Inventory website, http://www.strengthdeployment.com/

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