Fresh Look – If you’re politically skilled, delegate

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…

Fresh Look – The political problem of being an introverted male

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…

Fresh Look – Be a cheerleader for your coworkers

Your coworkers and colleagues are important political resources. Cultivating them is key, but take the time necessary to do so. After all, co-worker are competitors, or at least that is the mindset that most employees have.[1] We are constantly given…

Fresh Look – supporting a stressed out co-worker

We know a lot about stress. We know its symptoms, causes, and social effects. However, when we have a colleague who is significantly affected by stress, it is not straightforward how to intervene. Here are some useful ideas: 1. Stress…

Fresh Look – acting politically while seeming apolitical

Effective office politicians know that their actions must appear legitimate. This means that they have to be careful to satisfy three criteria.[1] First, political actors must appear to promote collective (i.e., organizational) versus personal interests. Second, they must abide by…

Fresh look – online networking

Under the “networking” tab on the right of this page you’ll find over 60 posts, but none of them deal directly with all the online networking sites most popular today. Obviously, I am talking about Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Clearly,…

Fresh Look – Are your work friendships delivering?

What a strange question. Most of us feel that our friendships at work are important, but many of us have never considered how they might contribute to our flourishing as human beings. Thriving as a human being implies that our…

The political advantage of being unmarried

I was startled by a new study that looked at the differences between employees that are married versus those that are single.[1] Specifically, it found that unmarried employees have larger, more diverse networks and have greater involvement with the broader…

CEO aspirants: work on your external network

An exhaustive study of the attributes of CEO candidates who are selected for the job shows that social capital is absolutely critical.[1] That is not particularly surprising for those of us interested in office politics, but there are several interesting…

Emails and politics

All of us are sick of hearing about “those damn emails,” but it is important that we don’t lose sight of one important fact—emails are horrible means of communication. Email messages lack gesture, voice, expression, and context, so they lack…