In this article, I will tell you exactly how to go about developing better political acumen and this is essential if you want to advance your career.
Tip # 1: Develop your political sense
Honestly, do you think that you will be able to reach positions of responsibility, even positions with high responsibilities without developing your political sense?
Hmm… It’s going to be complicated.
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We’re not going to lie to each other. It is important to develop your political sense if you want to climb the corporate ladder.
Be careful, being political does not mean that you will have to deny your values, become manipulative, become Machiavellian to serve your own interests.
On the contrary, it means that you will have to grow up, mature, be more attentive to situations, no longer act on impulse and put in place a strategy to achieve your goals.
The first thing I’m going to ask you to do is to be clear-headed first.
If you want to move forward, today is the time to give up an ideal world.
You are certainly a utopian person, but here we are, we do not live in a world of Care Bears.
In your business, there are codes. There are rules to follow and it is important that you are aware of this. You really have to study your professional environment in order to evolve.
Tip # 2: Set a goal to stop acting under the influence of emotion
The second thing you need to do once you accept this is set goals for yourself because you are not going to be able to fight on all fronts.
You will have to choose the fight that you want to fight and that is important to you, to your career and to your team.
Focus on what is essential. Otherwise, ultimately, at the end of the day, you will have spent all of your energy solving minor problems.
Focus on your goals and the results you want to achieve.
Tip # 3: Know your true allies
To be able to advance your pawns, you must also identify the games of power and influence that exist within your company.
Ask yourself questions:
Are there already alliances between different people? between different managers? between different teams?
You must be able to see
Who are the people who could be your allies?
Who are the people, who are likely to oppose you, to be tough opponents?
And finally, when possible; put in place a strategy to transform opponents into allies.
That’s what having political sense. It is already being able to observe, analyze the situation, and decode the company’s games.
Tip # 4: Increase your support within the company
What is very important, as you have understood, is to be able today to have as many allies as possible around you.
Having support everywhere will be of great help to you if you wish to defend your projects with management, take a position with more responsibility, or obtain a salary increase.
With other influential people
Having the support of other managers will really make things easier for you. In order to achieve that, you need to understand what other’s hidden interests are and how you are going to be able to help them.
Think about what you can do to help them reach their own goals, get their bonuses, etc.
To be successful, it is very important to understand each other’s weak signals, that is, things which are not said openly by these people, but which are really very important to them.
Often the best way to do this is to try:
to understand how these people operate.
What difficulties they may encounter
And at what level, you will be able to help them
It is by being smart, by trying to help others, which you will understand
how people operate.
OKAY ! There will be people that it will never work with. You won’t have a feeling.
But there will be people who will see in you, someone who is posed, who is professional, and who wants to help them achieve their own goals.
And so, it is by working hand in hand with these influential people, you will be able to develop your strategic sense.
If you want to increase your self-confidence and leadership within the company, then never neglect your teams.
With your teams
You must unite with your team.
When you are the manager of a team of several people, you necessarily have more affinity with certain people than others. The mistake you shouldn’t make is to focus on your relationships with the people you value the most.
Really try to listen to everyone, understand each other’s needs so that everyone can progress.
It is by showing that you have a strong team behind you that you will have more strength and weight to move forward.
We agree that if your topics are well treated, it will increase your self-confidence to approach other people and forge new relationships.
With people who have access to a lot of information
And then also something else, never neglect anyone.
Don’t think that you should build relationships with people only if they hold an important position in your company such as managers or directors or the CEO. Each person in a company has their value and can help you bring a project to fruition.
So never neglect people who have access to a lot of information, whether they are executive assistants, or people who work in administration, etc. They can also play a very fundamental role in the success of your project.
Tip # 5: don’t focus on yourself
To be political, as you have understood, you must no longer act on impulse. And, to succeed in this feat, stop focusing on yourself.
When you’re on edge, it’s because you’re focusing too much on yourself. I therefore strongly advise you to focus on your professional goals, the ones you want to achieve at all costs. Learn to take a step back, to implement a strategy to always be one step ahead.
It is by anticipating that you will become a good political animal.