Handle the politics without needing to be a politician

Three senior managers in conversationWe all refer to the “politics” in organizations, don’t we? It’s what we call the lobbying for support, the doing people down just a bit (or a lot), the cut and thrust of getting what we want. The word isn’t a comfortable one in this context. Whatever we call the reality of getting things done in organizations, the hazards of dealing with people are real. With the right approach, we can handle all that without turning into a politician ourselves. We can succeed without having to resort to the “nonsense.”