As a follow up to yesterday's blog, I wanted to try something new. I want you to think of the biggest power player in your current organization. Make a list of the political plays he/she uses, and what one's are used particularly well.
For myself, since I don't have an organization, I will use one of my more recent employers.
My Power Player is a man.
He is very good at the following tactics:
- Proving to everyone he's the smartest guy in the room.
- Watching his own back.
- Managing his boss.
- Guarding and actively managing his own reputation, especially with his boss.
- Associating himself with successes.
I wonder if anyone can guess who my man is!
I wonder if anyone is brave enough to guess with a posted comment.
Try this game out yourself, and see if you can distill the tactics of a power player.