Office politics is said to be one of the most stressful situations for a lot of people. Not for the people who are doing this but the people who are the victims of office politics. At work, we tend to compare and compete with others, instead of comparing and competing with ourselves.
I have worked for others for about 13 years. Many times, I landed into big companies that needed me to be on top of my work. I heard my father say this many times, “let your data speak for you“. As I have heard this a lot in my life, I always believed in this & never tried to put someone down in order to move forward. This, later on, became my mission as I wanted to help more & more people to get to their full potential, this is why you are on this beautiful website.
Coming to the topic, we will discuss today. Office Politics. Let me tell you a story. I was working in Jabong.com many years ago. As we all know, Jabong made a name for itself right from the beginning. When I joined the Jabong, it was pretty new. Because of my impressive work, I was moved from one team to another & was given better tasks every few months. Then, I was promoted as an SME (Subject Matter Specialist) there, which required me to handle a team of 15 people. I was responsible for their performance and other parameters.
I was pretty good at what I was doing. However, I also noticed that as management had very little support for me, instead another SME was supported well enough, as he used to be after the manager all the time. I lived by my principles and let my data speak for me, however, whenever there was a better opportunity it was consciously given to the other guy. Also, when it came to the appraisal period, I was appraised very less than what I deserved. I tried to raise this with HR but nothing happened as the management controlled the HR department.
When I realized that there is nothing left for me there, I left the organization and moved further in life. Well, not all situations are as extreme as mine was. One day my father sat me down and spoke to me about this. Probably, I left the job in immaturity but there was a lesson waiting for me.
My father told me, “You are your own competition. People with close mindset want to grow by beating others in their field. Open-minded people, on the other hand, grow by developing themselves. ” This thought of his has always with me ever since.
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We all know Matthew McConaughey is a great actor. I was pretty much moved by his speech at the Oscars. Among the things he said, here’s the best part, “When I was 15 years old I had a very important person in my life come and ask me ‘Who’s your hero?’ I said, ‘I thought about it and it’s me in ten years. So I turned 25 ten years later and that same person comes to me and goes, ‘Are you a hero?’ I said, ‘Not even close!’ She said why and I said, ‘My hero is me at 35.’ You see, every day, and every week, and every month, and every year of my life, my hero is always ten years away. I’m never going to be my hero. I’m not going to obtain that and that’s fine with me because it keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.“
There will always be those who play dirty politics in the workplace. You will find office politics wherever you go. The extent of it may vary but such people are everywhere. However, as long as you are focussed on growing yourself & working on you, these things, people won’t matter.
In the end, they will give up when they’ll see that you are unmoved. Let us know what you feel about this in the comments section.