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What to say when …

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in Office Politics,Workplace Communication

A senior executive unfairly chastises your favorite colleague and concludes, “He’s no good”:

“It’s funny. My experience over the years with this person couldn’t be more different. I’ve seen him save us from losing big accounts and make major contributions to the bottom line.”

A new employee asks you, “How do you deal with office politics here?”:

“Great politicians see the good in people, and they listen more than they talk. I try to be sensitive to what people need by putting myself in their shoes.”

The CEO asks whom you’re going to vote for in your district’s congressional race:

“I don’t know yet. I’m keeping an open mind. Whom are you supporting?”

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