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Office Politics

Most technical people never really give a second thought to office politics, but if you ever really want move in most companies, you have to know how to play the game. Playing it well doesn't mean you have to ruthless or sell your ethics short. Here are a few good places to learn the basics.

Where to Start...

Learning the Art of Negotiation
Get tactical at work and get what you want. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Rules for Office Politics
21 rules for playing the game right. Source: Cyberpsych.com

Schmooze or Lose
Tips on career networking. Source: ITworld.com

The Bad Guy's And Gal's Guide to Office Politics
Dealing with the downside of office politics. A cutthroat offers advice on playing the game without rules. Source: FastCompany.com

The Good Guys (and Girls) Guide to Office Politics
Even when you're out to get something done - not to do someone in - you have to play politics. Fast Company's five-point campaign manual will help you play to win. Source: FastCompany.com

Avoiding Common Pitfalls..

Avoiding Career Landmines
When it comes to the workplace, be sure to watch your step. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Common Office Mistakes
Big problems in small packages. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Dealing with your Boss
Dealing With a New Boss
Preparing for a new boss will help you get your career up and running quick. Source: CareerBuilder.com

How to work with Control Freaks
Why are some people obsessed with control? Why do they insist that everything be done their way even when your way works just as well -- or even better? Here's why they are like they are, and a few tips for dealing with them.

No Shame in Office Politics?
Success sometimes depends on kissing up to the boss. Source: CareerBuilder.com

What to do When Your Colleague Becomes Your Boss
Honesty and humility may be your best tools in an awkward situation. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Interpersonal Relationships
At Work, Little Things Mean A Lot
Everyday things you can do to impress your co-workers. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Getting Respect In The Workplace
Earn the respect of your coworkers by being proactive and solution-oriented. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Fair fighting
When you take off the gloves, keep your cool. Here's how. Source: iVillage.com

Learning to Play Ball
How to cope with team players who don't carry their load. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Making Allies in the Workplace
It's important to have your coworkers on your side. Here are some ways to maintain a positive relationship with them. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Men Are From Sales, Women From Marketing
A practical guide to understanding your co-workers. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Office Romances are Dot-Complicated
Breaking up at work is hard to do. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Office Relationships
If anything can go wrong with your workplace romance, it probably will. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Omigod! It's Office Gossip
Cultivate a professional working environment by reducing idle chat. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Pssst! The Real Deal on Office Gossips
Gossip isn't necessarily a bad thing, but to use it requires care.  Source: CareerBuilder.com

The Importance of Face Time
Staying social and visible at work can help more than your social life. Source: CareerBuilder.com

The Ripple Effect
What happens when rookies earn more than veterans. Source: CareerBuilder.com

The Whole Truth
Are people regularly and habitually lying in the workplace? Source: CareerBuilder.com

Winning Gracefully
How to get ahead without making enemies. Source: CareerBuilder.com

You Know Too Much
How to handle being overqualified. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Living in a Box...
Are You a Cubicle Potato?
How to fit in fitness at the office. Source: CareerBuilder.com

The Coolest Cube
You can spruce up your old cube with a few simple tips. Source: CareerBuilder.com

Thinking Outside the Box
How to overcome the cubicle-based workplace. Source: CareerBuilder.com


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