The more complex and larger organizations are, the greater the impact of internal politics when it comes to upcoming decisions. This is often frustrating for project teams and their leaders, as well as for those at the lower levels of management. They repeatedly find their carefully crafted proposals and concepts being discarded or watered down with no explanation other than the vague suggestion that this is the case would not be feasible “for political reasons”.
Why “power politics” is an integral part of change management in business
Considering the “political dimension” of planned changes is necessary because board members, managing directors, and other top managers do not have the absolute power that their employees and advisors often believe. Their power not only comes up against factual limits, such as the fact that they can no more dictate project times by mere resolution than the weather at the company party; it repeatedly hits social boundaries. After all, a company cannot be managed in the long run with just instructions and orders.
In order to be successful with their projects, top managers in particular are firstly dependent on those being guided following them, and secondly on numerous people over whom they have no direct authority to issue instructions.
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Maintenance of networks: From consideration to active power politics
With that, you got to know three “political considerations” that can and basically must influence the decisions of top managers. First, the limits of their own power, second, avoiding angering colleagues, third, being careful dealing with partners in your own networks. After that, one could think that political considerations would primarily result in restrictions for change processes. But “politics” can also be used to promote change projects and to build up the necessary support for them as well as to eliminate or reduce threatening or possible resistance from the outset.
Build a positive force field
Regular communication and maintaining contacts play an important role in this but are by no means the only thing that counts. Discussing content and eliminating conflicts of interest is just as important. But all of this stands or falls with communication. Especially when critical issues emerge, it is important to coordinate these issues at an early stage.