Office Politics Advice

Office politics advice on bosses, colleagues, conflicts.I’ve been watching and coaching people on office politics for some time.  Got a few books on the topic under my belt.  But I can’t resist commenting on the changing — and unchanging — scene.

Office Politics Advice

Handling Crises

Learn how to handle the unexpected in your office relationships.

Help!  I’m a Victim of Long-time Employees!   Advice for the new employee who sees long-timers circling the wagons.

How Much Pain Can You Stand? Ignoring crises at work is a bad decision. Here are the action steps for a crisis

Whose Fault Is It Anyway? Take charge when a  mistake occurs under your supervision and you will come out ahead.

The Sky is Falling, The Sky is Falling! Build your network and make smart moves when layoffs loom in your company’s future.


Gain insight into ways to negotiate for what you want.

How Do I Get a Flexible Schedule?  Navigate office politics more easily with strategies for asking for a flexible work schedule.

How Do I Work and Volunteer at the Same Time? Strategies for balancing work  and life goals.

Office Relationships

Building and maintaining good working relationships is tricky.  It’s like family politics without the blood ties.  Effectively navigate office relationships with these helpful tips.

My Enemies Are Proliferating  If you boss thinks you’re not fully committed try these strategies.

But Are They Sincere? Sincerity in the workplace creates a cross-generational divide. Read how Boomers and their young counterparts differ on this issue.

Joe Paterno and the Price of Silence  Here is a textbook case of mismanaged organizational politics and a cautionary tale for those who think silence is golden.

Does A New Boss Have To Mean Misery?   If you approach a new boss properly he/she is likely to become an ally.  Here’s how.

Is This Sexual Politics? Find out why/how it could be.

The Fine Art of Starting a Job.  Get off on the right foot the first day of your new job and you’ll have fewer problems later.

Do The Bad Guys Ever Get Caught? Bad behavior is often overlooked, but admin justice will prevail.  Here’s the underbelly of office politics.

Anonymity Doesn’t Exist! Learn how to handle employee surveys at your company, especially if it’s promised they are confidential.

Patching Up an Office Spat Learn how to patch up relationships after an office argument.

What skill set do you really need? Discover the hidden skills needed in office politics.

Office Politics 4.0 Marilyn Moats Kennedy, career consultant, writes at Cheeky Chicago about priorities when navigating the world of office politics.

Office Politics 4.0: Reverse Performance Appraisal A reader at Cheeky Chicago asks Marilyn Moats Kennedy, career consultant, how to handle your supervisor asking for feedback on their performance during your performance review.

Workplace Socializing

An inevitable part of office life, learning to socialize  comfortably and discreetly with coworkers is essential..

Enforced Workplace Socializing A reader asks about enforced workplace socializing. It’s common and uncomfortable.  Here’s what to do.

Desultory Huggers and Air Kissers.  Consider the politics of modern-day hypocrites.

The 10 Miseries of the Christmas Season.  Lessen the pre-holiday social pain with these strategies.

The unholy Christmas Party.   You have to attend the party and here’s why and how to make it pay politically

Have Marilyn Speak to Your Group

Marilyn can help you and your team master office politics quickly!  Why be victims?  Contact Marilyn Moats Kennedy today to arrange a speaking date for your organization or group.