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Dealing with Office Politics

By EdApp
4 Lessons
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About this course

Learn about office politics and how to survive at work.

From the author

Office politics can affect each dimension of the workpalce both consciously and unconsciously. This is why it is crucial to educate learners on what office politics are and how to work with them, rather than against them. This course draws together essential elements to teach learners the relationship between office politics and power/leadership. The 4-part course is guaranteed to teach you something new, prepping you with the vital skills you need for political office success. The course breaks down what office politics are, a rundown of organisational power, what it means to be diplomatic, and understanding the motivations of others.

What you will learn

  • Understanding the Motivation of Others
  • Being Diplomatic
  • Map Organizational Power
  • Survival of the Fittest Office Politician

Dealing with Office Politics Lessons

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  1. Survival of the Fittest Office Politician
  2. Map Organizational Power
  3. Being Diplomatic
  4. Understanding the Motivation of Others

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Dealing with Office Politics course excerpts

Survival of the Fittest Office Politician

Learn about what office politics is, and why getting better at it can help you avoid it.

Dealing with Office Politics Course - Lesson Excerpt

Employees can sometimes get involved in politics to... Be in the limelight without working hard. Gain attention and win appreciation from seniors. Earn respect at the workplace. Save their job.

Mike shared a new technique he learned in PowerPoint with his colleague Mia. Which office politics tip is he displaying?

Practicing "good" politics can help you get what you want without harming others in the process.

Being alert to the "bad" politics around you helps to avoid needless suffering while others take advantage.

Map Organizational Power

Understand how organizational dynamics works, the different types of coworkers, and the differences between those who will help you and those who won’t.

Dealing with Office Politics Course - Lesson Excerpt

Here are six types of co-workers to look out for in the office.

To conclude... A person’s office political-savviness can make or break them in their career. Recognizing the various types of co-workers can help you identify: Where you fit into this landscape and What power and influence you have within the organization.

Being Diplomatic

Being good at politics starts with being diplomatic with your coworkers. Learn how to treat them in a fair and collaborative way.

Dealing with Office Politics Course - Lesson Excerpt

Whether you want to get things done, improve your professional reputation, or just make your office a happy place to work, it's a good idea to foster good relationships with your coworkers.

In conclusion... The art of diplomacy can be the deciding factor between a negative or positive encounter, both in the workplace and beyond. Although we want to maintain honesty at all times, it’s important that we find the right manner in which to convey information to our co-workers, subordinates, and superiors. This will help to treat them fairly, in a collaborative way. Achieving effective diplomacy can help gain and maintain a good working environment for your company and push you up the corporate ladder.

Understanding the Motivation of Others

Learn about the motivations of your co-workers and how to leverage knowing what they want to attain your goals.

Dealing with Office Politics Course - Lesson Excerpt

Motivated people... have a positive outlook. They're excited about what they're doing, and they know that they're investing their time in something that's worthwhile. In short, motivated people enjoy their jobs and perform well.

All effective leaders want their organizations to be filled with driven employees. That's why it's vital for your team to feel motivated and inspired.

To conclude... Your employees may have all the expertise in the world but, if they're not motivated, it's unlikely that they'll achieve their true potential. Every team member is different, and will likely have different motivators. It's important to get to know your employees, discover what motivates them, and find a good mixture of extrinsic and intrinsic motivators, so that you can motivate them successfully and ultimately attain your goals along the way.

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