Most people try to avoid office politics at all costs, seeing them as unpleasant, unfair, unethical and an unnecessary distraction from their ‘real work’. “If you don’t do politics, politics will do you” will open your eyes to the fundamentals that no-one ever teaches you including what office politics actually are and how being politically intelligent is the single biggest determinant of your personal and professional success.

Drawing on my 20 year experience as an executive together with insights from some of the leading business thinkers of our time, this personal, practical and frank book will show you that it’s possible to play politics without sacrificing your principles and teach you how to use politics to advance your career, benefit your team and build the organisation you are part of.

Some reviews of the book

“It is commonly thought that you can either play the political game or be a decent person, but not both. But is that true? Drawing on the best research and her own diverse experience Niven Postma will help you to understand why office politics are inevitable and how you can navigate office politics in order to be both useful and successful. Read this if you stick your nose up at politics but feel frustrated as you watch others use politics to their benefit.” Liz Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts

“This is a very practical and well written guide on all things office politics!  What we typically refer to as ‘politics’ is properly termed ‘bad politics’, given the connotations of negative, insidious, self-serving and destructive behaviors with the book providing useful suggestions on how one can navigate that terrain.  Interestingly, the book also develops the notion of ‘good politics’ and how we should leverage that for good and to further any organisation’s objectives. It also has plenty (and, sometimes, funny!) anecdotes that are totally relatable . Learn how to distinguish the politics and respond accordingly – to defuse or amplify. This is a recommended and empowering read for anyone working with people!” Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi, CEO: African Leadership Institute

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A portion of the proceeds of this book are donated to Cotlands, an NGO that is a leader in the provision of early childhood development (ECD) services to children in South Africa