These posts offer guidance on handling ‘office politics’ positively.

Turning ‘Office Politics’ around – a real case study

"When I met Joanna I was in a tough spot, trying to navigate my way through some difficult political situations within my team and what felt like a very toxic environment.  After an initial conversation, I felt like Joanna would be able to help guide me through the next few months, so I signed up for a 7-session programme.  Joanna [...]

By |2020-07-02T17:04:32+00:00July 2nd, 2020|Office politics|Comments Off on Turning ‘Office Politics’ around – a real case study

Top 5 tips for managing your career

Most people don’t make any time for to think about their career and make plans. Whilst this can work out well, in many cases even the brightest, most capable person can end up in a role they’re ill prepared for, or find themselves stuck, unable to progress. Often it’s because you have ‘just focused on doing a good job’. If you’ve read my [...]

By |2020-04-16T13:18:17+00:00January 20th, 2020|Career progression, Office politics|Comments Off on Top 5 tips for managing your career

How to manage ‘Office Politics’ positively

‘Office Politics’ frequently elicits a sigh from people and much of the time, this is very valid. At its worst, ‘Office Politics’ has numerous negative effects, including: Lack of knowledge sharing Decreased trust Poor morale and motivation Slow decision making Lower than possible productivity. It’s one of the biggest causes of stress in the UK Read the rest of this article [...]

By |2020-04-16T13:04:14+00:00October 20th, 2019|Office politics|Comments Off on How to manage ‘Office Politics’ positively

Navigate ‘Office Politics’ positively – your guide

‘Office Politics’ – the majority of people have negative associations with this term. I'm going to help you: understand what it is why it happens know when it's happening to you deal with it positively to support your career progression and your overall happiness at work. What is ‘Office Politics’? It's almost impossible to have a complete absence of 'Office [...]

By |2019-11-06T06:58:51+00:00September 26th, 2019|Office politics|Comments Off on Navigate ‘Office Politics’ positively – your guide

‘Office Politics’ – what is it?

What is 'Office Politics'? This question can have a range of answers which all often come with a sigh and a resigned look. The fact is politics happens in most organisations, that’s because there are people working in organisations who have different motivations, perceptions, values and resulting behaviours. The problem comes when 'Office Politics' is so negative that it stands [...]

By |2019-10-07T18:14:07+00:00March 24th, 2019|Office politics|Comments Off on ‘Office Politics’ – what is it?

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy holding you back at work?

Let's explore the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. How susceptible are you to taking in what others tell you at work about situations or others you work with, whether they be clients, prospective clients, colleagues or other contacts? You see it is very human to take on the view of others and indeed this can sometimes be very helpful information to have. However, [...]

By |2019-09-26T14:51:00+00:00July 16th, 2018|Office politics|Comments Off on Self-Fulfilling Prophecy holding you back at work?

‘Office Politics’: Are there any foxes in your workplace?

What do you think of when you think of a fox? The words sly, cunning, resourceful might come to mind, amongst others. The reality is most workplaces will have some people that behave in this way and who frequently contribute to the 'Office Politics' that occurs.   There might be others who are more like sheep, mules or owls, I’ll [...]

By |2019-10-07T18:18:54+00:00May 14th, 2018|Office politics|Comments Off on ‘Office Politics’: Are there any foxes in your workplace?

How political is your organisation?

If you have read any of my blogs on political intelligence, you will know that 'Office Politics' is unavoidable, as Aristotle said, “Man is by nature a political animal”. Essentially politics is all about understanding the unwritten rules that exist in an organisation which affect how decisions are made – from which projects get allocated which budgets to who gets the [...]

By |2019-10-07T18:16:26+00:00December 11th, 2017|Office politics|Comments Off on How political is your organisation?

Harvard Business Review: Playing Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul

Thanks to my colleague for pointing out this great article on the Harvard Business Review website.  It effectively sets out why politics happens and how it can be made positive, reinforcing what you've heard me say. Click here to read the article. If you are interested in understanding how you/your team currently interact in your organisation, how political your organisation is [...]

By |2019-09-26T14:55:09+00:00September 18th, 2017|Office politics|Comments Off on Harvard Business Review: Playing Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul

Do you feel out of it?

How are you feeling about your career? Do you feel you are progressing as you want to? Importantly, do you enjoy the environment you work in? There can be lots of things that prevent the answers to those questions being positive but one core reason is rife in workplaces - 'office politics'. The simple fact is where you have people [...]

By |2019-09-26T15:04:47+00:00September 18th, 2017|Office politics|Comments Off on Do you feel out of it?