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.
We are constantly given small opportunities to build up or put down our coworkers in the ways we talk about them. When you introduce a colleague, don’t just cover the basics of your relationship; instead, tell a story about how you met, how your coworker has made your own work easier, and what the two of you share in terms of hopes for the future.
You may be surprised that when you emphasize the positive in this way, your relationship with your colleagues gets better.
 J. Dutton & J. Lee. 2017. The benefits of saying nice things about your colleagues. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles, 8/1: 2-4.
 J. Lee, F. Gino, D. Cable & B. Staats. 2016. Preparing the self for team entry: How relational affirmation improves team performance. Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper No. 16-111.