Office Politics

Our Dirty Little Secrets

You have them. I have them. And so does everyone else. If you are lucky you have perhaps one or two people in your life with whom you can be fully transparent and authentic. But according to a recent survey more than 96% of us have things that we hide from others in every area…

Tell the Boss His Idea Sucks (When It Does)

This week the Starbucks coffee chain began encouraging its baristas to write the words "Race Together" on cups to get its customers talking about race. If you think this is an incredibly good idea, to have your coffee server proactively go out of their way to begin a conversation about social justice and race relations,…

Talent, Ambition and Hard Work are Not Enough

Few things are more frustrating for a talented, highly motivated employee than watching as others get promoted, are given "high potential" assignments, or in other ways achieve greater career success – especially when those others are not noticeably more talented or hard working. "Why not me?" the ambitious employee wonders. And it is easy to…

How Leaders Become Liars

So NBC News anchor Brian Williams is himself in the news recently regarding his "conflating" of various memories while reporting from Afghanistan. And it turns out (if reports are accurate) that NBC executives have had concerns for years about his tendency to inflate the stories of his personal experiences, from his on-the-ground observations during Hurricane…

How to Hug Your Backstabber

When Eric Urtiaga started his new job as a Product Manager for a nutritional products company in San Diego, he was looking forward to having an impact on a market that he cared a lot about. Eric was passionate about maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit, at work and in the rest of his…

Navigate the Landmines of Office Politics

"Why can't people just say what they mean and mean what they say?" lamented Jenny, a mid-level manager for one of my client businesses. "If we focused all of this energy on the business we wouldn't have most of the issues that cause the gossip, paranoia and backstabbing." She was reacting to recent comments from…