My favorite definition of politics says it’s about getting people with different interests moving in a common direction. How do you do it? Well, there are two approaches.
Negative politics is first person driven where the individual gets things done at someone else's expense. This is the person who happily wins when others lose. Hmmm...That's no good.
Positive politics is when we use influence with an eye to the corporate mission to get things done. We seek to create a win-win for everyone as much as possible. We're advocates acting in the best interest of the project. Yay...That's more like it.
It’s no easy feat to get people across lines of business to work together. It requires patience, organizational awareness, and a broad, deep network of relationships. And you know what makes the job even tougher? Read on.
Caring & feeding for change
A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a product or service. How does this play out? Projects create change, and that's what makes it even tougher. This means somewhere somebody is going to have to do something different, and chances are they won't like it much. Ugh...
Practice some VALUE
Just like anything, balance in all things is needed. What things do you do that help care and feed your project relationships?