How to win at office politics

From feuds and power-hoarding to credit-stealing and cliques, workplace power plays can undermine an otherwise successful business.

by Adam Gale

It’s tempting to think of office politics as a low-rent problem.

Leaders will surely, you might think, have risen above the petty shop-floor squabbles of who sits where, who ate whose lunch or who said what about whom in the toilets. 

Anyone who’s read Machiavelli - or spent any considerable time amongst politicians - will of course realise that power plays among senior people are just as common, only with considerably higher stakes and, if anything, conducted with a bit more panache.  

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