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Navigating the political minefield

From a manager showing favoritism to a team member hogging the credit, internal politics are an inevitable part of the day-to-day project environment. While this political minefield can lead to a toxic atmosphere that affects an entire team's performance, project professionals can take steps to not only mitigate its effects but also capitalize on it. This article discusses how project professionals can navigate the political minefield to ensure a project's success. In doing so, it suggests how to handle these three common political scenarios: idea thief, teacher's pet and bearer of only good news. Then the article examines the negative consequences of internal politics and negative politicking and shows the effects they have on project sponsors. It then discusses positive politicking, which may result in greater project visibility across the organization. It identifies how to win over other project managers in the organization, noting how one company uses professional and career incentives to gain support fro
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