You may not think of gossiping as a form of politics, but remember, information is power. Even better than knowing everyone’s secrets is being able to blurt them out at choice moments or online for fun or, worse, for political profit.
Hey, about that great thing you did? So-and-so says they did it, not you, and they just got a promotion because it was so good. Why are you growling?
This person believes there’s only one person that matters: themselves. As a result, they’re cruelly critical, loyal to no one, and never make mistake — or so they say.
Why, thank you, that’s very nice of you to say so. But, um, why are you saying it? Maybe you really mean all the nice things you say — that’s awesome. Or maybe you’re just buttering me up.
With a gift for strategy, the lobbyist knows how to make everyone see things their way, never mind if they’re right or wrong. Watch out for their RDF: reality distortion field. Consider their logic very carefully and slowly before signing on with everyone else.
When you have the ear of management, as an adviser naturally does, you hold a unique kind of power. Understand that they may be the boss’s eyes and ears throughout the office, and filter your behavior accordingly, no matter how much they seem like just another employee.
It’s not that office politicians are all bad people. Politics is, at its heart, how groups of people get things done. The key is a person’s motivation. You’re probably an angel, of course. And you’ve now been warned about those who aren’t.