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newsletter designed to transform the way you think about your career…
and to help you face Mondays with a smile!
by Dale Kurow, M.S., Career & Executive Coach
new readers, glad to have you with us!
a fun time we had in West Palm Beach! We totally missed the blizzard that
dumped 2 feet of snow on the Northeast. At the glorious Orchid Museum
I went nuts taking photos and even got a picture of a hummingbird at rest.
Here is the cutie!
politics is the topic of this month’s feature article. Need to learn
how to thrive despite the histrionics? Read on for tips.
you the best of March!
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your first month in a new position and it’s rougher going than you’d
anticipated. You feel like an outsider and you’re miserable.
how this happened, you nostalgically recall how comfortable and well-liked
you felt in your last job.
only do you possess the requisite skills to do well in your new position,
you’ve also built a solid reputation in this field. Yet, you are
not the actual work that is driving you crazy; you like the work. Even
the long hours are not the problem.
the emotional undercurrents, gossiping and backstabbing thickening the
air that you find exhausting.
can’t seem to find your feet and get traction in your new environment.
And people have started to notice and are making comments.
the heck is going on here?
to the world of office politics.
are tips to help you survive and thrive:
a mentor - either inside or outside the company. A mentor
can offer advice, counsel and act as a sounding board. Getting objective,
professional support is crucial.
Take notice of who performs well in your company. Observe
their use of language, tone of voice, confidence level, and preparedness.
Learn from their behavior and emulate it.
complain, gossip or join in backstabbing conversations. Kvetching
will get you nowhere.
to read the company’s culture. How do people dress and
speak? What is the company’s mission statement? How is it reflected
in the workplace and in the treatment of employees? For example, if
you work for an environmentally-friendly company, don’t brag about
Strategic Alliances. Make yourself valuable to those with power,
knowledge or tenure. Go out of your way to offer assistance. When you
need help, you’ll have established a network of supporters.
before you speak or act. One impulsive, off the cuff statement
or act can significantly damage your career. Silence is golden, especially
when you are angry, tired or at a company-sponsored social event.
your e-mails for typos and politically incorrect language.
Every message you send is being judged. Make sure you don’t “bury
the lead” in your e-mails. Get to the point quickly and end with
a call to action.
second-party endorsements. If you’ve performed well in
an assignment or project, asking the manager whom you’ve helped
to pass along words of praise to your boss is a smart thing to do. If
they are willing to put it in writing, better yet.
your sense of humor. This can be your ace in the hole! It will
get you through trying times and people will seek out your company.
to effectively survive office politics is a skill that you perfect with
trial and error. Anytime there are more than 2 people working together,
you can experience tension and conflicting desires. You’ll need
a tool kit of survival techniques. Start practicing now!
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