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How to solve political problems



Project managers would like to think that they have good working relationships with their team members and key stakeholders but in reality it could be very different. I think it all depends on how well PM handle conflicts and setbacks.

What are your tactics for influencing power? Is it possible to work with stakeholders and have no politics at all?
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Politics will always be a factor in business and projects. The PMI code of ethics is a good guide to steer clears of it as much as possible.
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 21, 2017 11:02 AM
Anish Abraham
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Thanks Sante, for your insight on this.



Anish -

Unhealthy politics or using politics for one's own interests is not advisable, but, like conflict, there is also good or appropriate politics which is essential when dealing with more than a small group of stakeholders.

As Aristotle wrote, “man is by nature a political animal.”

Kiron
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 21, 2017 11:33 AM
Anish Abraham
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Kiron, I agree with you on this.

My understanding is that the best way to resolve political problems is to clarify the need, and then try to develop a plan to get what we need. I think by doing this, at least we will know how much support we can expect and where problems will likely come from. Do you agree?



In most of the cases, you can only solve those problems, politically. Transparency may reduce the political issues, though, you may need political behavior while working with team members, stakeholders and etc.



Since politics is about influencing people and results, you need to work politically with your stakeholders.

Your stakeholders analysis should identify their motivators. Check out Resourcing your presentations for suggested stakeholder attributes you should track.
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 21, 2017 11:57 AM
Anish Abraham
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Thanks Stéphane for sharing this. I appreciate it.



Dec 21, 2017 7:49 AM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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Politics will always be a factor in business and projects. The PMI code of ethics is a good guide to steer clears of it as much as possible.
Thanks Sante, for your insight on this.



I like Kiron quote:

As Aristotle wrote, “man is by nature a political animal.”

My opinion is since work involve people & people create politics; so long political group are creating value added to the project management goal & objective, the baseline will be still the business value creation to the organisation as a whole. Influencing power at wrong direction is deteriorating.

PUI
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 21, 2017 11:55 AM
Anish Abraham
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PUI, I agree. Also, in my opinion we should recognize that there are layers of politics and power that we can't see from where we stand. This also depends on the organizational structure.



Dec 21, 2017 8:24 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Anish -

Unhealthy politics or using politics for one's own interests is not advisable, but, like conflict, there is also good or appropriate politics which is essential when dealing with more than a small group of stakeholders.

As Aristotle wrote, “man is by nature a political animal.”

Kiron
Kiron, I agree with you on this.

My understanding is that the best way to resolve political problems is to clarify the need, and then try to develop a plan to get what we need. I think by doing this, at least we will know how much support we can expect and where problems will likely come from. Do you agree?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Dec 21, 2017 12:08 PM
Kiron Bondale
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Anish -

The challenge is that the best laid plans may be led astray through the political machinations of stakeholders who resist the desired end state or how you are going about achieving it.

In such cases, appropriate use of politics to the organization and society's best interests is often required.

Kiron



Dec 21, 2017 11:20 AM
Replying to PUI CHEE KHIAN
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I like Kiron quote:

As Aristotle wrote, “man is by nature a political animal.”

My opinion is since work involve people & people create politics; so long political group are creating value added to the project management goal & objective, the baseline will be still the business value creation to the organisation as a whole. Influencing power at wrong direction is deteriorating.

PUI
PUI, I agree. Also, in my opinion we should recognize that there are layers of politics and power that we can't see from where we stand. This also depends on the organizational structure.



Dec 21, 2017 8:41 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Since politics is about influencing people and results, you need to work politically with your stakeholders.

Your stakeholders analysis should identify their motivators. Check out Resourcing your presentations for suggested stakeholder attributes you should track.
Thanks Stéphane for sharing this. I appreciate it.



Dec 21, 2017 11:33 AM
Replying to Anish Abraham
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Kiron, I agree with you on this.

My understanding is that the best way to resolve political problems is to clarify the need, and then try to develop a plan to get what we need. I think by doing this, at least we will know how much support we can expect and where problems will likely come from. Do you agree?
Anish -

The challenge is that the best laid plans may be led astray through the political machinations of stakeholders who resist the desired end state or how you are going about achieving it.

In such cases, appropriate use of politics to the organization and society's best interests is often required.

Kiron
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 21, 2017 9:10 PM
Anish Abraham
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I hear you, Kiron
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