Introduction

Welcome

WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY MEAN BY POLITICS?

There is a widespread view that politics are only negative

The actual definition of politics is neutral though

DO YOU WANT THE GOOD NEWS OR THE BAD NEWS?

Politics are inevitable

Office politics exist on a spectrum

Toxic politics are real and highly damaging

Political intelligence is critical to your career success

The skills of politically smart people

They don’t treat work like school

They cultivate a wide and diverse network

They know that managing their stakeholders matters

As far as possible, they keep things win-win every day

They build and maximise their leverage

They make sure to stay focused on what matters

Mistakes you should avoid if you do not want to commit political suicide

Becoming “The Problem”

Being one person’s person

Making unnecessary adversaries or foes

Overestimating your leverage

Not understanding or accepting the reality of organisations

Conclusion

Next steps and thank you