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Importance of Understanding Office Politics to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead with Bonnie Marcus



Office politics is real in every organization and you can win by learning the rules and being politically savvy.


Bonnie Marcus is a Keynote Speaker, Published Author, Forbes Columnist, Podcast Host, and Certified Executive Coach.


Far beyond the typical advice of "be assertive" and "embrace ambition," Bonnie provides a unique and proven method for becoming a bigger player in the workplace and avoiding unexpected trip-ups that can add years to the climb—or end it for good.


In this episode, Bonnie shares her experience of being bypassed for a promotion she felt she was a shoo-in for. Learn why excellence and achievement aren't sufficient to get ahead, and how networking with power and intention can make all the difference in perception, reputation, and promotion.


What you will learn from this episode:


  • Find out how the dynamics of office politics work to help you build a relationship with stakeholders who will put you in a position you deserve

  • Learn how to be politically savvy to stay ahead and get ahead

  • Learn the tips on how you can position yourself in such a way that no promotion that you deserve will pass you by


"You need to know what it takes to not only get ahead but stay ahead in your organization given the politics." 

- Bonnie Marcus



Valuable Free Resource:


Head on to Bonnie’s homepage and join her newsletter and Get a FREE Political Skill Assessment: BonnieMarcusLeadership.com



Topics Covered:

02:12 - The challenge of paying attention to politics and the symptom of losing power and influence

04:00 - What mistake do people usually commit before seeking out her help

05:31 - The pitfalls of office politics

06:36 - Bonnie’s tip on how to address and handle office politics

07:57 - Valuable free resource on how to better understand the challenges office politics

08:58 - How to be politically savvy at work

11:10 - How to figure out the ‘unwritten rules’ in the office for you to get ahead


Key Takeaways:


"We get so busy in our jobs and we are focusing on our to-do lists and our priorities. And very often we lose sight of the very things that help us reach a leadership position, to begin with. Just because we reached a leadership position doesn't mean that we're going to be able to maintain that status and position.” - Bonnie Marcus


“You need to pay attention. You need to spend dedicated time to understand the political landscape and to learn to be politically savvy." - Bonnie Marcus


"Being politically savvy has to do with not only paying attention but developing the right relationships." - Bonnie Marcus


People / Resources Mentioned:

The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead by Bonnie Marcus


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