Bringing political antagonists together

How should you handle a confrontation meeting between two of your people engaged in a political struggle. A new study indicates that you should be a “hard ass.” Openly confess your annoyance at having to intervene and be equally tough…

Want a message delivered to a group to be persuasive?

All of us have attended public addresses by charismatic officials who commanded rapt attention by the audience. That is an ideal situation when it comes to persuasion, but the speaker does not have to be charismatic for significant persuasion to…

Mentoring as counter-insurgency

Previously, I have consistently touted the political advantages of mentoring. A new study has revealed a troubling dark side. Mentoring was found to decrease organizational deviance.[1] It induces conventional actions and attitudes. On the surface, this appears rather innocuous. Protégés…

Two ways of being proactive

Proactive employees receive better performance reviews, earn higher earnings, and have better promotion potential than non-proactive ones.[1] So, it behooves us to be proactive in as wise a way as possible.[2] At the very least, this means understanding the two…

Politically skilled leaders need behavioral integrity

Although politically skilled individuals are considered good leaders,[1] they are not always trusted. In this situation, behavioral integrity is critical. Defined as the perceived alignment between a leader’s words and deeds, it also refers to the extent to which promises…

Remaking diversity programs

I remember being offended when I was required to take an online diversity course. It was part of a preventive effort spurred by my university’s attorneys to stave off future litigation. That’s pretty typical no matter what the business. Ordinary…

Politically skilled managers have a blind spot

Most of us assume that politically skilled managers are so cunning that that they can spot and deal effectively with subordinates who are manipulative and self-serving. However, it may be that politically skilled managers are so intent on understanding and…

The politics of financial decisions

Financial decisions are often considered the most immune from political influence. Perhaps it is because accounting and finance professionals cultivate a clean, objective, and professional brand. And maybe it’s because there are so many safeguards against fraud and wrongdoing. However,…

Should a CEOs leadership style match the company’s culture?

According to a fascinating new study, no. There should be a mismatch.[1] If the culture is distinctly employee-centered and places value on employee cooperation, collaboration, and support, a decidedly task-oriented CEO would elicit maximum performance by clarifying roles, providing focus…

On innuendos

A powerful political tactic used against adversaries is the innuendo, literally a negative insinuation against a target person. For example, in attacking someone’s commitment to the team, one could ask whether he appears distracted or uninvolved. What make it an…