You Can’t Just Ignore Office Politics
Delivering consistently stellar results should be enough to get ahead at work. Keeping your head down and focusing on getting your work done should help you move up the ranks of a company. But, unfortunately, doing good work is only part of the success equation. If you want to prove your worth, you must embrace office politics. You have to “play the game” and navigate all of the tricky interpersonal relationships and sticky situations that go well beyond your actual job description. Observe how those who are rising through the ranks at your company communicate, network, and strategically manage their own careers, and try to replicate their techniques. Look for chances to talk to influential executives, and make sure your contributions are noticed by those above you. If it feels unnatural or uncomfortable at first, that’s okay. Professional growth often requires getting outside of your comfort zone.