My answer to What are some lessons about climbing the corporate ladder?
Answer by Ken Larson:
Here is an observation on management politics I saw practiced in Corporate America for 40 years.
GOOD POLITICS AND BAD POLITICS
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.