How To Navigate Through Office Power Play and Get Promoted
Quitting your job isn’t the solution for your problems. Sometimes you need to stick it out and navigate your way through the corporate jungle. Here are some helpful tips.
I am invariably asked this question from my mentees, many of whom have come out from some of the leading B-schools in India, “Should I change my job?”
Reasons for Quitting
When I probe deeper, I find that the reasons are broadly:
I have said this earlier and will re-iterate. If everyone fulfils their targets, everyone cannot be promoted, unless it is a bureaucratic / government job and even there, after a certain level, only some persons can get promoted. We cannot all become CEOs in the same organization at the same time.
So what determines who will be promoted?
The answer is simple – ‘Whoever the promotion committee feels should be promoted.” Why should the committee feel that you should be promoted?
None of the above has anything to do with your work. Your work is a necessary, but not a sufficient condition for your promotion or increment.
Managing the Power Play
You need to be able to manage office politics to your advantage. You need to know the following:
If what they want is unacceptable, then you need to determine why it is unacceptable.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Prof. Chandra Kant, is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and currently, a senior professor at Indus Business Academy, a leading B-School in India. He teaches, change management, business leadership and Self Management.