How to win at office politics this week

Hospitals have the worst office politics.  Administrators and CEO’s are paid much less than some doctors.  They beg for nurses to come to work there.  Lack of a radiologist can shut down the emergency room. People die when mistakes are made.  There are a hundred people with the power to shut down the hospital. Yet hospitals work.  And many people love to work at hospitals.

90% of the politicians give the other 10% a bad reputation.  (Henry Kissinger)

There are two kinds of office politics.  In one kind a person gets some power and stifles your career and projects out of spite.  In the other kind you have to sell your projects to several people in order to get funding.  Your career depends on it.

Often it is the same office.  There are some spiteful, hateful people in positions of power in a lot of companies, many hospitals and a lot of government departments.  Get used to it.  It is reality.  Many more people just need to be convinced you are right.

Over the next few days I am going to go over some suggestions on how to deal with office politics.  How to spot it and deal with it in your career and when you are job hunting is an art that requires practice.

Something to do today

Who are the career politicians where you work?  Make a list.  They are very important people, whether you like them or not.


Later:              Office politics – gatekeepers vs roadblocks

–     lunch or documentation

–     train your eyes

Red herring

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