A few years ago, Boss magazine published an article on the seven things a CEO should know. I can’t remember the first six but the seventh really stuck with me.
It was “you can have all the power in the world, but the minute you use it, you lose it”.
It is such a powerful statement.
Influence is key to being successful. It is about getting people to follow based on inspiration and motivation rather than through control or formal power.
So what does politics have to do with influence?
Most of us have a poor view of politics – we see it as negative. However anyone who works in a major organisation is involved in office politics.
The attached HBR article is interesting as it talks about politics not necessarily being negative. It’s premise is that politics is just influence by another name.
I agree that politics don’t have to be negative. What’s your view?