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Business Politics Practices – Lie with Impunity

StrategyDriven Business Politics Practices Article | Business Politics Practices – Lie with Impunity | LyingLying is wrong. Business politicians master the art of manipulating and misrepresenting facts to elicited a desired response. They do this by making ambiguous assertions providing the necessary false impression with an accountability escape route.


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Business Politics Practices – Manipulating the Intent

StrategyDriven Business Politics Practices Article | Business Politics Practices – Manipulating the IntentIntent, like beauty, is held in the eye of the beholder. Organizations employ policies practices, and procedures as a way to promote consistency in behaviors among executives, managers, and employees. However, no documented directive can cover all circumstances and some accepted practices simply reside in the minds of the workforce. Consequently, leeway is typically given for the application of judgment to tailor directions to the particulars of a situation so long as the intent of the documented directive or accepted practice is met. It is within this gray area of intent that one possessing legitimate positional authority can exert power for the furtherance of his or her objectives.


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Familiarity with logic errors and fallacies will help you select the right one to employ for manipulating the chosen policy or practice intent. Additionally, this knowledge will help you recognize when such a tactic is being used against you as well as providing you with the insight necessary to protect yourself from such attacks; typically by exposing them.

For more information related to logic errors and fallacies as well as how to recognize them, see the following StrategyDriven articles:

Business Politics Players – Influential Strength of Each Personal Power

StrategyDriven Business Politics Players Article | Influential Strength of Each Personal Power | Business PoliticsSome personal power is organizationally bestowed. Others are self-earned. Each is effective when wielded in the proper place and time. Yet the absolute degree of influence each power differs greatly, dependent on the value offered which is further influenced by the circumstances surrounding the power’s use.


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Business Politics Lessons Learned – Who Hired You and What About the Person You Actually Work For?

StrategyDriven Business Politics Lessons Learned Article | Who Hired You and What About the Person You Actually Work For?Landing the best jobs is often about who you know; from referrals to outright hires. But what happens when who you know is not the hiring manager?… Business Politics!


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Business Politics Players – Six Types of Personal Power

StrategyDriven Business Politics Players Article | Business Politics Players - Six Types of Personal PowerPersonal powers are the mechanisms by which one influences the actions of others. These powers are bestowed by the institution (formal powers) and self-acquired (informal powers).

Each personal power differs in its degree of impact. While there is a generally accepted power strength order, an organization’s characteristics and culture will further determine which powers are more dominant. (See StrategyDriven article Cultural Shaping of an Organization’s Business Politics Landscape)


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