We all agree that nasty office politics can be just too hard.
Very rarely do we stop and consider the GOOD kind of politics in the office, what Peter Block calls “Positive Politics”. This article from Paul Mitchell outlines how to play positive politics.
His approach is all about values and how you want to inspire others as a leader.
There’s also an argument for contextual awareness (who is powerful, who needs help, who can help or hurt you, who can help you make the biggest difference).
Political acumen is one of my hobby horses. Here are some other links to posts in this blog about just that: