Office Politics

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

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Despite mounting turnover at your company, you stay put. But you’re starting to reconsider your loyalty as arrogant newcomers get special treatment and higher pay.
Beware of becoming involved in petty office squabbles.
“Know your place” can sound like an insult. But when you’re on a team, it’s excellent advice.
If you believe Ronna Lichtenberg, everyone has an “evil twin” who goads him to act against his better judgment. 
“Know your place” can sound like an insult. But when you’re on a team, it’s excellent advice.
When you claw your way ahead, you’ve got to act like you’re above it all. You can’t let on that you care what your co-workers say about you or do to you. Radiate a low-key intensity so that people underestimate you rather than root for you to fall on your face.
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?
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