Is your organisation marked by flattery, information massaging, people lying about colleagues, malign top executives, and 'fake left, go right' strategy (leading others astray to look good yourself)? All five, writes Kathleen Kelley Reardon in The Secret Handshake, indicate 'cultural pathology'.
How you react to pathological politics depends on whether you're an apolitical Purist, a job-focused Team Player, a back-watching, cut-and-thrust Street Fighter or a smooth- operating Manoeuvrer. So how do you deal with this?
GE's outgoing CEO Jack Welch disarms smoothies who bring him ideas by asking how many others have heard the brainwave. No others, no go. The aim is to stop politicians seeking personal advancement by hoarding ideas - like 'Let's buy Honeywell, Jack'?