How much time and effort is wasted due to company politics? How much time is frittered away grandstanding during meetings? How many e-mails do people write to cover their behinds? How much time is wasted trying to look busy? How much time is spent justifying yesterday’s actions rather than making today’s decisions? How much time is wasted trying to look good for the boss? How much time is wasted justifying the value that you provide?
Someone once said to me, “I don’t mind the volume of work, in fact, I thrive on it. But the company politics are draining and debilitating.” How much time would be saved if you focused solely on bettering the organization? If you want to reduce politics, you must instill a common sense of purpose focused on adding customer value; a working environment of openness, of trust, and honesty; a climate in which playing politics is a losing game.