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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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Business Politics Practices – Creating a Power Position Environment

StrategyDriven Business Politics Practices Article | Business Politics Practices - Creating a Power Position EnvironmentSuccessfully exercising personal power for political gain requires overcoming those who would oppose you. Winning these engagements, both strategic and tactical, becomes far easier when starting from a position of power. While you may not possess an initial starting position of strength, manipulating the engagement circumstances can tip the balance of power in your favor.


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Business Politics Practices – Delay Tactics

StrategyDriven Business Politics Practices Article | Business Politics Practices - Delay TacticsDelays are a powerful tool that can be exercised by almost anyone. Such tactics serve to put off undesired (by the person initiating and/or perpetuating the delay) action and, ultimately, prevent action through exhaustion of the resources (time, labor, money, interest/patience) needed to sustain forward progress.


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Business Politics Impacts – Cost of Employee Attrition

StrategyDriven Business Politics Impacts Article | Employee AttritionThe staggering cost of employee turnover goes largely unrecognized. There is no financial statement line item, no general ledger entry, and no budget explicitly set aside for this expense that can cost evenly modestly sized companies well over a million dollars each year. Yet a significant portion of voluntary attrition is directly related to an abusive work environment created, in part, by excessive business politics. Thus, reduced workplace politics can directly improve the organization’s bottom line.

A company of 250 employees making an average of $43,000 per year experiencing a 20 percent attrition rate spends an estimated $2.15M on employee replacements annually.

Cost of Employee Attrition

The American Management Association estimates the cost of employee turnover as ranging from between 25 percent (for entry level employees) and 250 percent (for executive level employees) of the employees annual salary.1 These costs are derived from a multitude of sources including:


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