I have written before about the strategic use of anger. For example, when mediating a conflict or negotiating, the expression of negative emotions may have a positive effect.[1] However, anger must be very carefully used, especially if you are a…

Here an interesting item from the time capsule. When I was 23 and just finishing my masters degree, I applied for several teaching jobs. The idea I had was that if I could find a job close to a major…

You are going into politically charged meeting and have a game plan for how it will unfold. The meeting takes an unexpected turn, but you have a back-up plan and shift to it. Sounds wise, doesn’t it? Not necessarily. On…

Office politics is about power, and we all have two sources: our job, and the sources like our networks, expertise, and inside information that we personally cultivate. Ever wonder how much power your job gives you? Take the following test…

A new study shows that politically skilled leaders tend to delegate decisions more than their unskilled colleagues.[1] Does this make sense? Indeed it does. Think about it, politically skilled leaders are active networkers, and by virtue of these connections, they…

Taking an active role in office politics is psychologically taxing, and you can’t do it without social support.[1] Here I’m talking about being the beneficiary of advice, empathy, encouragement and help with practical tasks.[2] Without support, you will be unable…

Enemies are people who hate us personally and want to undermine our efforts.[1] They are typically seen as sources of threats, and this perception creates intense negative emotions[2] Much has been made of the personalities of those who are likely…

Few of us consider the range of services a mentor might potentially provide us. Some mentors are merely advice givers; they tell us what to do but don’t do other things great mentors do. Great mentors not only provide task…

Those of us interested in office politics explain the success of strict, detail-oriented, centralized leaders by contending that they must have enormous political power. Unless they rose to their positions through luck, we find ourselves admiring the political moves these…

I mentored about a dozen people in my career, and my wife has actually mentored more. Each protégé is unique, but both of us have noticed that young professionals respond differently to mentoring than older ones. When I came across…