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Avoiding office politics

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Blogger Brendan Connelly—"The Slacker Manager"—recently posted on his popular site on "How to avoid office politics." (As the name of his blog suggests, he thinks this is an important goal.) Here's some of his insight:

"Wear no mask." "Some folks think it's a good idea to change like a chameleon to suit the situation," Connelly writes. "I think that's a recipe for disaster. I try to be me, all the time."

"Be transparent." "All my agendas are clear­ly visible. ? The words I say might make one or both of us uncomfortable, but I'll do my best to soften them without diluting their truth."

"Flex and bend." "Rigidity is a sign of rigor mortis. I strive to be flexible and willing to hear opposing points of view. Defending a lame position for any reason is, well, lame."

"No gossip." Connelly acknowledges he "fails too often at this one ... because I'm so willing to talk things out. Though censorship is a sign of politics, ironically a little greater control over the internal censor is probably well-advised."

"Apologize later." That is, it's better to ask forgiveness than permission. "The willingness to act first ... sometimes helps me avoid other peo­ple's political quagmires." 



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