According to my Dictionary Politics is defined as “Social Relations involving intrigue to gain authority or power” so its not just Politicians who practice politics, in fact it is as old as human interactions.
Every organization has its own politics. Some are much more blatant than others but politics is present wherever humans interact.
Generally, the higher one goes in an Organization the more powerful the politics.
If you are a Project Manager & you hate office politics then you are probably in the wrong game. Project Management involves a large degree of political manoeuvring and in order to get things done you have to ask people in certain ways which may involve putting your spin on the available information.
When you join a new organization spend the first couple of months observing the behaviour of your co-workers, call it awareness or paranoia it’s your best defence against being a victim rather than a victor.
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