How to Navigate Office Politics Successfully even when You Are Not a Politician

If you want to advance in your career, you will have to deal with organizational politics sooner or later, whether you like it or not.

Many good people believe that delivering quality work is sufficient to get the next promotion. Trust me, it is not! "Perception Management" is equally important (see also: Success = Performance x Perception or Trap #3 That Can Sabotage Your New Executive Career — The Goals You Don’t Even Know Exist).

Career decisions, whether YOU get the next promotion or the guy or girl next door, depend on perception. Apart from the measurable results you produce,  what people think and talk about you matters. Wether people trust that you have what it takes to be successful on the next level depends also on rumors. If you want to advance in your career, you need to take control over the gossip on the corridor.

Here are six questions that can help you navigate office politics successfully, and eventually get you the next promotion:

  1. Who are your key-stakeholders (internally and externally) really?
  2. Who are the key influencers (who talks to who about what and who)?
  3. Who holds formal and informal power in your organization?
  4. Who do you need to influence (and how) to get your perception management  right?
  5. What are the battles not worth fighting?
  6. What’s going on behind your back that you might not be aware of, but should be?

If you would like to explore in more detail what steps you can take to advance in your career, contact me now for a personal consultation without obligations: