Cubicle Warrior and Office Politics

By Scot Herrick | Book Reviews

Apr 17

In any company, there are the deliverables, goals, tasks, projects — and the politics. The good, the bad, and the ugly. In my career, I’ve worked in Fortune 100 corporations with an employee population from 52,000 to 235,000. Cities, if you will, with all of the associated neighborhoods, in-crowds, cool places to hang out, and the bad parts of town as well.

Often, how we successfully navigate our career is less dependent upon our personal work, our ability to think out of the box (or cube), and the tasks we deliver in favor of how well we get along with others. How we work the room. How we accommodate other people’s views on a subject.

It ain’t easy. Office politics are a minefield with little navigation insight for a Cubicle Warrior. And certainly few ‘Cube Rules’ to guide us along the way.

Well, help is on the way. Timothy Johnson, of Carpe Factum, has just published a book aimed right at this issue called GUST — The “Tale” Wind of Office Politics. The book advertises the following things to learn:

  • Three key things people manipulate and fight over in organizations
  • Three kinds of politicians, and how to handle each
  • Six core motivations of political behavior
  • Uses (and misuses) of influence in an organization
  • Importance of strategizing an appropriate response to YOUR political situation
  • Considerations of timing, passion, and support into your political actions
  • Executives’ roles in influencing (and correcting) office politics
  • Assessments for determining how political your organization really is

Right up our alley, right? I went right over to Amazon and ordered it. Review to follow.

  • Scot Herrick says:

    Timothy — You’ve always had very good analysis on this type of stuff on your blog; we’ll take a look at the book and let you know. Looking forward to reading it!

  • Scot – thanks for the call-out. Will be anxious to hear your thoughts on the book. Your early analysis is spot on: if you dwell in a cubicle, you’re gonna have office politics.

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