POLITICS ISN’T A DIRTY WORD
Todd Dewett | July 25, 2019
Engaging in random hallway chats, or proactively starting conversations about issues in the office is not bad behaviors per se. Politics at work is simply about staying in the loop, helping shape the narrative on certain issues, and understanding your peers’ agendas. In a nutshell, if you wish to be an effective decision maker, you need to understand the context within which you’re making the decision. Yes, dirty politics is unfortunate and unethical. That’s spreading rumors, using bad or no data to build false support, or simply disparaging another person’s idea or character. A person of substance always keeps it clean, but you do need to engage the social side of work and keep your ear to the ground. Sure, it’s who you know, and what you know – but it’s also when you know, and how much you helped the conversation evolve. Positive political behavior is a big asset.