Everywhere you turn, the media is bombarding us with news about job losses. The days of qualified with the right skills are gone!
Today, professionals need to be more politically savvy to keep their jobs. Additionally, learning how to market yourself also makes for heightened job security. If you learn to be politically smart and marketable, you will be more successful and able to influence others.
Even in a politically-charged workplace you can connect with the right people to keep your job. Here are some strategies for navigating politics in the workplace and marketing yourself.
What Does It Mean To Be Politically Savvy At Work?
It actually has nothing to do with being a Republican or Democrat. Not to say a political issue cannot affect your relationships at work, but political savvy has much more to do with strategic communication skills. To me, political savvy is the ability to build influence through your interaction with others. Simply put, you need to know who the people are who influence others and make decisions and you do not get on their bad side. You learn to work with and influence them.
Identifying People’s Agendas In The Workplace
Effective communication is important, but at work it’s essential. You must truly understand the agendas of your bosses and coworkers. Doing so is critical to your success. Try and figure out what is the message within the message? Many times this is referred to as “reading between the lines.”
Everyone has an agenda. For example, your boss wants to be on the board of directors of an important foundation. So out of all the groups you invite to an upcoming company event, you better be sure and include the one he or she wants to schmooze.
It’s knowing what a manager’s underlying desire or goal is and then using that knowledge to your best advantage. Maybe it’s to get closer to this executive or impress him in some way.