Men who ascend in life not only rely on competence, but also play the politics and develop a character for it. Here’s how you ascend in any workplace.
Politics exists in any place that requires management of people, whether it’s corporate, retail, social event, or family.
Politics and people are practically inseparable. And to reject politics, means to reject power. Consequently, to reject power, means you accept becoming a potential victim.
Time & time again, I’ve seen young industrious, honest men with integrity, get crushed, demoted and made redundant because they’ve refused to acknowledge the political landscape they worked in. But the truth is, politics does not favor competence.
It favors interest.
If you want to move up the ladder, or ascend in any workplace, you must apply 2 strategies:
1st, become exceptional at what you do.
2nd, leverage your perfection to join or build your own coalition.
All individuals within any tribe (from apes to elites) need coalition for power because coalitions are groups of people that work together to enforce influence.
And these groups are formed upon interest alignment. The reason why you get overlooked or made redundant despite working exceptionally hard, is because you were subject to a coalition that moved against you.
To insulate yourself from this, join a coalition. In order to do this, you have to first identify who the leader is. Then you must align interests with them while still delivering on your job description.
So your interest alignment is what gives you power within the landscape of the workplace, and safeguards your position.
Align interest with the coalition leader by:
- Providing value in your domain of competence relevant to them
- Prioritizing the work they delegate to you above anyone else’s
- Giving them the illusion of building your reputation
Don’t concern yourself with others in the group.
Strengthen your ties with the coalition leader by
- Never giving them the feeling that you can replace them
- Protecting their work, position and interests
- Submerging your ego & absorbing abuse
- Develop tolerance to conflict
- Exchange vulnerabilities (bonding)
You want to be in a position where if a layoff is to occur, you have built a concrete foundation with the person in charge to retain you.
This can only be fortified through emotions (bonding), interest alignment & competence.
Its human nature to favor. Become the favorite.
Joining a coalition is how you build political power within the workplace that fends off those who threaten your position in layoffs, while also giving you the advantage to take up management positions during promotions.
Its also a prerequisite to being recognized by bosses.
If you fail to join a coalition, know that you will always be subject to potential redundancy & or positional stagnation. It won’t matter how much value you provide, if you cannot align interest with those above you, you’ll be forced to join those below you. And if you cannot join a coalition, you’ll need to resort to cunning/callous means to protect yourself;
Finding weaknesses of managers & employees to leverage & secure/ascend your own position.
This is an acceptable method if their political interests lead to your demise.
If you do exactly as this thread says, you will ascend in ANY setting that requires managing people.
Don’t forget that talent gets you through the door, but character keeps you in the room.
BUILD A CORPORATE CHARACTER:
Don’t be disrespectful.
Even to those who disrespect you, understand that many people in high up positions are rude and arrogant. And if you want to connect with them & move up, show them that their arrogance does not bother you.
Take the abuse. Then leverage it.
DONT RECIPROCATE ARROGANCE.
There’s no room for emotions at the top. You need to stay objective & pursue value creation for both parties. That means you need to avoid positions where you cannot provide value, because it makes you become attached to others. And being attached means being dependent and dependence is a weakness. Because you can not be relied upon and you end up being nothing but a liability.
Be protective & loyal.
Be loyal to those above you in order to ascend and protect those below you to fortify your leadership. This is an exercise that should not be compromised under any circumstances.
Don’t fool around the workplace or engage in gossips or use 10 words when 2 will do.
Get in, deliver on your job description beyond what’s expected, then make moves that build connection with those above you.
Only if you have time, help those below you.
Be neutral with friends and neutral with opponents. Learn to provide value to allies and provide value to enemies.
Forget your emotions on how someone makes you feel and respect both allies and enemies equally.
Align interests & look for win-win situations.
This is how corporate men operate.