There comes a time for all of us when we get asked to cross the line. Sometimes it’s a small thing, almost inconsequential. Sometimes, what we are asked to do is much more significant. These are all common situations, and will occur to all of us at some point in our careers. The challenge is what we do when faced with one of these situations.
Most of the challenges that we face have very little to do with process and a whole lot to do with politics. While politics doesn’t necessarily comply with process, there are situations that are more common than we would like them to be. Knowing about them–and having some strategies in our back pocket to respond to them–is more than a little useful.
Politics is an inevitable reality in organizational life. It is the fuel that drives organizational functioning. It is how things get done. Yhen we mention politics, we see it as representing the worst of human behavior. And yet, politics encompasses all of human behavior. For the project manager, a strategy for managing politics becomes essential. Read on for more.