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Playing Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul

Harvard Business Review

To borrow from the political scientist, Harold Laswell , office politics can be understood as the unwritten rules that determine who gets what, when, and how — a promotion, a budget for a project, a say in the boss’s decisions — and who doesn’t. ” “We stand for diversity and inclusion.”). Networking ability : the capacity to form mutually beneficial relationships with a wide range of diverse people. Politics is a dirty word.