Dealing with politics

How to navigate and survive the politics in a partnership – as well as become politically savvy.

9 easy non-verbal signals which mean all is not going well

In our recent blog series on how to navigate your firm’s politics successfully (part 1, part 2, part 3), we talked about the need to learn to read non-verbal body language. Very often it is a person’s body language, which will give the greatest clues to their state of mind. The skill of reading non-verbal body language can …

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8 questions to ask yourself before you contribute to the firm’s grapevine

In our blog series on 12 ways to successfully navigate your firm’s politics  (part 1, part 2, part 3), we talked about avoiding gossiping or supplying information to the firm’s grapevine. Here are 8 questions to ask yourself BEFORE you share some information: Why am I sharing this? Does it create or solve a problem? Do people …

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What are political mistakes? And, can they really wreck my career?

In our last three blog posts (part 1, part 2, part 3) we have been looking at ways to navigate and survive the firm’s politics. In this blog post we will look at what we mean by political mistakes. Firstly, let us remind ourselves about what we mean by being politically savvy: (definition is taken …

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12 ways to navigate and survive your firm’s politics – part 3

Following on from yesterday’s blog post, we are carrying on looking at 12 different ways to navigate and survive the maze that is your firm’s office politics. Here are the last four ways: 9. Learn to read non-verbal body language. Very often the first sign of trouble will be seen in someone’s body language, rather …

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12 ways to navigate and survive your firm’s politics – part 2

Following on from yesterday’s blog post, we are carrying on looking at 12 different ways to navigate and survive the maze that is your firm’s office politics. 4. Always be prepared to be flexible when spending time with a partner. Very often your time together may be cut short or postponed because a client requires …

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12 ways to navigate and survive your firm’s politics – part 1

Like any business, professional services firms are complex systems of egos, constituencies, issues and rivalries. Even the best-managed firm has partners with strong egos, sensitivities, and empire protectors. If you are going to navigate and survive your firm’s politics you need to learn to be politically savvy. In this three part blog post, we look …

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