Overcome Office Politics and Be The better Person

No matter how large or small your workplace, regardless of how many people you work with and at what level, office politics can be the drain down which innovation, creativity and self confidence descends.

It seems that studies have shown that 18% of people’s time is spent resolving conflicts amongst employees……I suspect it’s much more when you add in the gossiping, ego trips and competitive negativity that drains energy and resources.

I found some good tips on deltatoolbox.wordpress.com that you might find handy too:

1. Stay positive!
Positivity is like a magnet for even more positivity – be it people or opportunities. Smile in the face of chaos!

2. Choose your words wisely
Negative remarks will be remembered for much longer than positive ones

3. Listen well
You’ll only gain more knowledge as a result

4. Don’t sling mud!
As the title of this blog suggests, be the better person!

5. Don’t burn bridges
Trample on the people who have helped you climb the corporate ladder at your peril!

6. Networking is key
This includes within your organisation but don’t forget that there’s a big wide world out there.

7. Salute the general
Showing respect for the boss’s position and authority demonstrates your professionalism

8. Stay on top of your game
Update old skills and learn new ones constantly to maintain your value in the workplace.

9. Display grace under pressure
In my view, certain situations require an expressive response but on the whole, maintaining your ‘professional face’ and letting things go will probably help your sanity too.

10. Avoid the office gossip,
If someone is talking about another person behind their back, chances are they’ll be doing the same about you.

Above all, recognise office politics for what it is – insecurities, egos and status battles. Be the better person and rise above it – hold true to your values and play the long game of achieving what it is that you want most to succeed at………….though if you knew what I know about the person standing at the photocopier right now………. šŸ˜‰

Start Small, Think Big

As we approach the end of the year, it’s natural to start thinking about priorities and objectives for 2015. When I worked in the big corporate shiny world, we had endless ‘away days’, ‘innovation stations’ and other equally ridiculously titled meetings in order to hammer out what we wanted to achieve for the forthcoming year. We had flowcharts, pie charts, data analysis and lots of flipchart paper to define our goals andĀ the relatedĀ measures of success.

Whilst the positive intent was certainly there to create focus, did we actually look at the objectives again post February of the following year? Not particularly. Did we entirely re-write them at mid-year? More often than not.

The challenge of now working within a small business environment is that the ability to achieve goals relies on much more commitment. And, predominantly, that commitment requires a combination of time and money. Not a commodity especially prevalent in a small business, particularly when you are in theĀ busy midstĀ of servicing the day to day needs of your existing customers. However, its a necessary task that requires some prioritisation, even if the only time to be found is when the essential Friday night glass of wine would usually take precedence.

The key objective for us for 2015 is to achieve sustainable growth. There we are, I’ve written it down so now I must make it happen! A thought that springs to mind when considering the detail of how we will deliver this comes from a talk I attended by Richard Reeds, co-founder of Innocent Smoothies. His key mantra was ‘Start Small, Think Big’. Essentially consider scalable options when creating and reviewing your business plans. So as I do schedule time this Friday night (with the obligatory Friday night red wine) to hammer out the detail, I will use one model from my ‘old’ world and that is the GROW one;

Goals

Reality

Options

What/When

I’ll let you know what I come up with!