My answer to If someone is in the military, does that mean they like politics?
Answer by Ken Larson:
There are politics in the military and in civilian life. I learned in both domains that it is not a matter of liking politics, it is a matter of understanding politics and managing my perception of it.
- Understand good politics
- Understand bad politics
- Know the difference between 1. and 2.
Good Politics: Seeking to influence others with ideas that further the interests and success of the organization.
Bad Politics: Seeking to influence others with ideas that further the interests and success of the individual.
You can always discern the practitioners:
The Good Politician – Company officers, board room members and successful executives or members of the elected government bodies.
The Bad Politician – The individual in the corner office with no apparent function having both hands over the gluteus maximus and looking over the shoulder worried about all the people stepped upon on the way up.