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If You Don't Do Politics, Politics Will Do You... A guide to navigating office politics effectively and ethically. (And yes, it is possible.)
by Niven Postma
Publishing Date: July 2020
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Most people try to avoid office politics at all costs, seeing them as unpleasant, unfair, unethical and an unnecessary distraction from their ‘real work’. If You Don’t Do Politics, Politics Will Do You will open your eyes to the fundamentals you didn’t know you need to know – the fundamentals no-one ever teaches you, including what office politics actually are and how being politically intelligent is the single biggest determinant of your personal and professional success. Drawing on her own experiences as an executive, together with insights from some of the leading business thinkers of our time, in this personal, practical and frank book, Niven Postma will show you it is possible to play politics without sacrificing your principles and teach you how to use politics to advance your career, benefit your team and build the organisation you are part of.
What others are saying about the book:
“Niven Postma will help you to understand why workplace politics are inevitable and how you can navigate office politics in order to be both useful and successful.” - Liz Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author of “Multipliers” and “Rookie Smarts”
“You can try to ignore office politics, but it will slowly and surely frustrate you and inevitably derail your career. Or you can strive to understand it and become proactive in dealing with it in productive ways - this is an excellent guide!” - Dr Greg Fisher, Editor In Chief of “Business Horizons” and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Kelley School of Business, Indiana, United States“This book is an eye-opener. Niven puts her finger on the core issues around office politics and decodes the opaque with ruthless intelligence and clarity.” - Rebekka Grun von Jolk, Team Leader: Human Development Africa, World Bank
“Niven offers practical insights and wisdom to navigate through office politics effectively and ethically. This is a definitive guide to working politically smarter!” - Ben Matai, Vice-President, HR and Corporate Affairs, Sasol Mining“This is a must-read for any leader. Understanding and perfecting these unspoken “rules of the game” will help you navigate the cross-currents that occur when working within any organisational structure.” - Deon Greyling, Senior Vice President, BTS Middle East
“An easy-to-read and very useful guide to achieving success as a leader in and out of the executive suite.” - Desray Shuck, Head: Leadership Development, Anglo American
ABOUT THE AUTHORNiven Postma has had a wide and varied career across multiple organisations and sectors, in South Africa and internationally, including being CEO of the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA), CEO of NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity), Head of External Strategy and then Head of the SARB Academy at the South African Reserve Bank and Head of Leadership and Culture for the Standard Bank Group. She is the MD of Niven Postma Inc., and works as a leadership, culture and strategy facilitator for clients around the world, including Australia, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the UAE.