Its a tough world out there. People take credit for the work of others.
People mostly look out for their own careers, often at the expense of the
place where they work. The self-promoters get rewarded. Coworkers come to
the office each day with a driving agenda to protect and then expand their
turf. People trade-off your rights and opportunities, and take what they
want at your expense.
Some of the individuals competing for advancement bend the rules of fair
play or ignore them completely. There is a lot of zero-sum competition for
status, jobs, power and control. With more well-qualified people competing
for each step on the organizational ladder all the time, rivalry is intense
and only getting more so as there are fewer and fewer positions.
No point complaining about this or wish the world were different.
People often conspire in their own deception that their professional and
personal world is a just and fair place, and falsely believe that if they
perform and behave well, things will take care of themselves.
A belief in a just world is self-delusional, and is often used to transfer
blame, and justify self-inaction.
Just get over it and yourself.
So welcome to the real world-not necessarily the world we want, but the
world that exists.
Building and using inter-personal power and influence, are essential
business, workplace, organizational, and personal survival skills.
divergent personal values, goals, priorities, and self-interests of the
trust and confidence deficits, unreceptive beliefs and biases, of the
unequal access to key parties, authorities, decision-makers.
relationship biases, allegiances, of the OtherParty
un-equal strengths-advantages of the OtherParty (authority, power,
influence, financial, legal, connections-relationships, skills,
barriers and hurdles in the environment, due to rules, policies, and laws,
of process and substance, designed to serve the values and interests of key
3rd Parties, regulators, authorities, and leadership.
Change is hard. The various forces of Others working against you, are many, durable, and powerful. It’s up to you to recruit, build, and implement all sources of influence from you and Others, to change people’s performances and behaviors.
Build accountability of Others for their performance, and behavior.
Expose and surface broken promises, violation expectations, and bad behavior.
Impact Others by imposing consequences, deterrents, and penalties.
Reward Others for their superior performance, behaviors, and actions.
Recruit allies for you, and drive out accomplices of Others.
Provide assistance and build support for Others who cant.