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…

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…

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…

A new study revealed something I have always known—the arts are good for you and your followers.[1] Based on responses from over thirty thousand people, the results show that greater engagement with the arts predicts greater prosociality (volunteering and charitable…

A new study demonstrates that CEOs have two paths to their organization’s success: humility and vision.[1] Humility requires that they eschew narcissism and be active feedback seekers. Rather than expressing bombastic charisma, they exhibit a sense of calmness and inquisitiveness.[2]…

Not surprisingly, I was a skilled political player. However, at the end of my career, politics lost my interest. I scaled back on networking, cared little about how I was coming across, and exercised little social influence. It was a…