DCL 3.4 Instruction | Avoid Office Politics
Video Presentation: Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida
Office politics is when you change who you appear to be or what you normally do to gain an advantage with whoever currently has power. Political people in the work environment are unreliable and opportunistic, doing anything in the moment to win, regardless of what’s best for their peers, their employees, or the organisation. There seem to be two ways to get ahead in an organisation – politics or production. Note the differences:
Here are some safe guards against falling into the trap of playing politics:
1. Avoid gossip
2. Stay away from arguments
3. Stand up for what is right, not just for what is popular.
4. Look at all sides of the issues.
5. Don’t protect your turf.
6. See the big pictures.
7. Always tell the truth.
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about themselves, and small people talk about others.
Biblical Case Study: Haman (Esther 5:9-14)
The evil Haman plotted the destruction of the Jews. He was willing to play dirty politics at their worst in order to gain an advantage over the Jewish leader, Mordecai. Ultimately, his scheme backfired on him. Note the characteristics of this out-of-control leader:
1. He misunderstood the heart of his leader.
2. He lost joy over little problems.
3. He was desperately insecure.
4. He burned with envy.
5. He would do anything to win.
6. He listened to the wrong people.
7. He thought too highly of himself.
8. He reaped what he sowed.
- Consider an issue that is currently up for debate at your organisation. Are you willing and able to see all sides of the issue?
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