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Office Politics

There are few things as uncomfortable as dealing with difficult workers. Yet dealing with them successfully is a key to business success.

Business Management Daily is known for our sound, field-tested advice on favoritism in the workplace and other challenging office personalities and situations.

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There’s nothing I hate more than a showboat. Some cockiness is fine, but I don’t like to manage hotshots who corner me to brag about their exploits. Hit me on a bad day and I’m liable to say, “Get out of my face.”
You may already hook up new hires with “buddies,” experienced employees who can help them adjust to their new surroundings. But there’s a better way to make newcomers feel welcome: Give them two buddies.
I had lunch the other day with a director of career planning at a college. She asked, “So what dirty deeds are you most ashamed of? I’d like to give students the real scoop on becoming a CEO.”
Ever wonder why some managers create a harmonious, warm atmosphere while others operate in a snake pit?
If you’re stuck with teammates who exhibit certain annoying traits, focus on changing your attitude in dealing with them.
Too much talk, not enough action. That’s the danger of relying on committees.
Like pesky ants, demotivators can infest your workplace and prove hard to eliminate. They rarely disappear on their own, which means you must take steps to root them out.
You think office politics are tough? Imagine battling the real thing.
Walter B. Wriston is among the most influential American business figures of the 20th century.
Career advancers look beyond the organizational chart to identify the true power structures within their company.
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