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In the beginning of my corporate career, I made a conscious effort to avoid office politics. I thought it was a waste of my time and felt that people who engaged in the politics were dirty, manipulative, and underhanded. That is, until I had an experience where I was passed over for a promotion. That rocked my boat![…] Continue Reading »

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It’s tragic when otherwise-smart leaders make poor choices in the name of being politically correct.[…] Continue Reading »

If you produce excellent results but don’t feel like you’re moving up the leadership ladder (or around the jungle gym) fast enough, take a look to see if your excellent work is holding you back.

Here’s what it feels like to be stuck in the results trap: You do good work, produce good results and expect to be promoted because of it.[…] Continue Reading »

This post is adapted from “The Office Politics Handbook: Winning the Game of Power and Politics at Work,” copyright 2013 by Jack Godwin, Ph.D. Godwin is a political scientist and has been chief international officer at California State University, Sacramento, since 1999. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called “Clintonomics,” Godwin’s previous book, a “must read,” an assessment seconded by conservative publisher Christopher Ruddy.[…] Continue Reading »

Everyone needs at least one diversion that makes friends and family go, “Really? You spend your time on that?” Mine at the moment is debunking an urban myth that is making the rounds. Maybe you’ve seen it.

There are multiple versions, but this one concerns a white woman (the story makes a point of describing her as being white and in her 50s) who obnoxiously objects to being assigned a plane seat next to a black man.[…] Continue Reading »