Playing Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul

Harvard Business

” Whether you participate in them or not, politics have a big influence on what happens to you, your projects, and your team, so it’s hard to be indifferent to them. 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. Politics is a dirty word.