Career

The Win-Win Way to Play Office Politics

Phyllis Korkki of The New York Times writes through a series of Q&As on how office politics is really just about learning how to well manage your various work relationships. Not recognizing this basic idea can put a damper on your career before it has even begun. There are ways to get ahead while remaining ethical in politics, and it has to do with striking the balance between cooperation and competition. Korkki invokes the “golden rule” of Dr. Marie G. McIntyre, “You should never advance your own interests by hurting the business or harming other people.” Also remember to use your head and never overestimate your leverage. Just be respectful, keep your cool, and use your intuition.

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