Fresh Look – How much power does your job provide?

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…

Engaged employees in political situations

As some of you know, I am an avid classic movie fan. My favorite director is Akira Kurosawa who created such films as Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, and Yojimbo. In 1952, he made Ikiru, the story of a dying man…

Are your peers jealous of you?

When we discern tension in a peer relationship, one thing we typically consider is jealousy. When is that likely to explain a problem with a colleague? A new study shows a colleague/rival is likely to be jealous of your relationship…

Make sure your organization’s career culture fits your needs

In doing executive and management development work, I always tried to get a clear sense of the career culture of the people I was working with. By career culture I mean “the shared norms, assumptions, and artifacts that shape the…

In some countries, power brings misery

In Western countries, power is a good thing. People with power are happier than people without it.[1] I’m sure one of the reasons you read this blog is that you want to add to your power to improve your well-being….

When rudeness begets rudeness

All of have experienced workplace incivility, i.e., all those minor slights that violate the norm of mutual respect. Consider the following forms of incivility by colleagues:[1] • Does not listen • Hibernates into e-gadgets • Uses jargon even when it…

Are you a victim of incivility?

Sometimes we endure treatment from others that we don’t much care for, but we don’t realize know how bad it really is. The following questionnaire was developed to discern to what extent one is being treated disrespectfully. If your score…

Play as an antidote to office politics

Play may be defined as “an activity that is carried out for the purpose of amusement and fun, that is approached with an enthusiastic and in-the-moment attitude, and that is highly-interactive.”[1] Some of the specific activities that fit this definition…

Creating a team climate that elicits high performance and trust

A new study indicates that a key to both performance and trust is contingent on the climate created by the supervisor/team leader. If a supervisor treats team members with respect and also provides them with the information they need to…

Hard-driving work climates

Even though workaholics crave it, and some political actors do it to make an impression, overwork is psychologically hurtful. It is associated with low job satisfaction; greater work-home interference and impaired health.[1] Do you work in an organization that encourages…