TGIF – The Political Rite

September 6, 2013 by Bill Bradley

As the week winds down, we wind down with some tidbits for your information, education, health, and enjoyment.


Quote of the Week: “I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everyone to tell me the truth–even if it costs him his job.” Samuel Goldwyn

Humor Break:

“I’m glad you stopped by my office to complain about your day. This reminds me of a time long ago when I gave a care.”

Stat of the Week: 6 tips on playing office politics the right way. Sadly many of us don’t like the idea of office politics at all – we don’t want to play. Might as well say you don’t want to breathe. So draw a deep breath and get into the game the right way!

Action Tip: If you want more, the authors of the 6 tips (above) have also made a 17 minute (free) video called “The Best Way to Play Office Politics”. And if you want even more, there is a new short book just published by Harvard Business Review called HBR Guide to Office Politics.

Self-Development Corner: This week’s most recommended free on-line university course is Accountable Talk®: Conversation that Works (Sept. 9, 7 weeks, University of Pittsburgh). This course was originally designed for teachers, however it is applicable if you have a goal to improve your competency in oral communication, interpersonal skills or sensitivity.

The remainder of the courses available this week are aimed at our many readers in the health care professions: Antimicrobial Stewardship: Optimization of Antibiotic Practices (Sept TBA, Stanford University); Generation Rx: The Science Behind Prescription Drug Abuse (Sept 9, 6 weeks, Ohio State University); and Contraception: Choices, Culture and Consequences (Sept 9, 5 weeks, UC San Francisco).

Happy learning!

Bill Bradley (mostly) retired after 35 years in organizational consulting, training and management development. During those years he worked internally with seven organizations and trained and consulted externally with more than 90 large and small businesses, government agencies, hospitals and schools.

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