March 2016

How To Play Corporate Politics Without Losing Your Soul (part 3)

Accent Reduction
“I want to recommend to my manager that one of my direct reports should be put on a performance review, with the possibility of separation. However, I am afraid that my manager might use my recommendation against me at a future date, either during my review or my efforts at promotion. How can I make sure my manager doesn’t move against me?” A [...]

How To Play Corporate Politics Without Losing Your Soul (part 2)

Accent Reduction
“I can’t get my projects past the directors. They ignore my emails, or don’t show up at meetings where I present my ideas. My career is stuck in neutral.” My client was describing a common problem in companies. Decision-makers find it easier to ignore ideas rather than determine how to prioritize them. I proposed that my client resolve her [...]

Play Corporate Politics Without Losing Your Soul (part 1)

Accent Reduction, The Brain-Voice Connection(tm)
“Actually, I don’t want a promotion. I can’t handle all the politics that come with it.” This is a quote from a coaching client of mine. What she was trying to say, was she did not want to lose her career, reputation, or livelihood due to politics at work. Corporate politics is another way of describing relationships at work. To be successful [...]