Sunday, December 07, 2008

Politics is the Tool of Cooperation

From the period known as the "New Thought Movement" in the late 19th century, Orison Swett Marden said, "We make the world we live in and we shape our own environment."  I believe politics is the tool of cooperation that allows us to shape and change our environment. 
Dr. Gary Ranker, Colin Gautrey, and Mike Phipps's book titled, Political Dilemmas at Work, provides useful and clear tools to assist you as a member of the work environment to effectively shape and positively change both your individual career dilemmas and offer wise solutions to the dilemmas of your colleagues.
I have learned through my personal and professional life (as so far) that you will interact with different people with varied agendas and backgrounds. You will see politics used for both good and bad in the workplace.  Expanding your knowledge of politics allows you to understand how other's agendas are shaping the work environment for better and/or for worse.  Keeping in mind you have an agenda just like your coworkers... so don't forget to look in the mirror.
"In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state.  When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one, " - Plato
By understanding how you both use and are affected by politics you will be able to better exist and shape the environment you live and work in.
The more you embrace and expand your political astuteness the greater chance you will select the most qualified physician instead of the most eloquent.
Food for thought:

If we were all the same would we need politics?


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