“I don’t play politics”

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If you don’t play politics, then it’s best not to have any ambition, relationships or work in any organisation of more than one person (yourself).

As “playing politics” is just another phrase for “having relationships.”

We all see things from our own point of view (as we don’t know what it’s like being someone else), we all live our lives in a world created by ourselves – in terms of our beliefs and perceptions (this is a scientific conclusion) and one of our primary measures of success is how we are doing compared with how other people are doing (or rather, compared with how we think other people are doing).

Playing politics is neither negative or positive – it just is, and ironically the masters, the experts in the art, are those that build the most trusted relationships, helping others to achieve success, valuing others points of view and showing a great interest in people other than themselves.

People who are not so good e.g. bullies etc. get found out very early on.

We all interact with others and it’s best we do that in the most appropriate way to achieve results for both parties or you may choose not to.

And that’s politics!

If you don’t play politics, you don’t play life.

With my love and best wishes to you all

David
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11 Comments

  • Andy Macdonald

    Bullies have historically been highly successful – Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Saddam Hussain and still continue to be – Putin, Assad, etc. This is a major human problem. Until the nice guys find a way to stand up to the bullies, human misery will continue to result. The nice guys shouldn’t ‘play’ politics, we have to take it seriously and work at it.

  • Keith Elliott

    Umm If you have ever worked in a big company there are those who are dedicated to creating a “teflon” image of themselves.Indeed most big companies become self serving and attract the “political animal” that you describe. I am sure we have all worked with intelligent, articulate and extremely personable people who are incompetent.

  • Francis Greve

    Politics is what keeps the country going…and families interesting!
    Of course, businesses have politics. But then you have to live. And imagine how much you would miss the politics, the cut and thrust of business, if you were no longer in employment.
    Embrace the politics. Embrace life.

  • Tony Weeks

    nothing wrong with politics at work.
    You will never get away from them and as David says, it is just dealing with relationships at the end of the day.
    Personalties are obviously different and that makes it hard sometimes.
    But i would rather have relationships than not.

  • Paul Charlton

    Whoever said that business and politics don’t mix? They are one and the same!

  • Michael Sumner

    Nice guys can play politics, in taking issue with the first comment.
    If you don’t then you will be swallowed up by the people that do play games.
    People all have their own agendas and you have to work around their nuances and get on with the business in hand. Whether or not you call it politics is neither here nor there.
    It is, so deal with it.

  • Michelle James

    Those who don’t like getting involved in politics can’t really enjoy getting involved in business as they are one and the same.
    Go with the flow on both, it helps.

  • Chris Everton

    Seems like politics is getting a few people into trouble. Especially the business secretary.
    Writing letters to the PM and then getting them leaked on purpose, allegedly, is clever.
    That’s real politics.

  • Harry Peake

    Business secretaries aside, and writing letters that they very cleverly manipulate into the public domain while pretending it’s a leak, politics are enjoyable and there is always the cut and thrust I enjoy in business. It’s all part of the fun.

  • Neil C

    Politics can be taken too far and not be so enjoyable if you are at the brunt of it when you can’t escape.
    Some companies are awful to work at in those sorts of situations.
    I agree though, politics are there whether we like them or not, just by meeting people and working with them.

  • Boris Cahn

    I like just being at home and acting like a recluse, that way I don’t really interact with many people outside of work.
    At work the politics are always evident. I hate them. But then I need to pay the mortgage.

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