My answer to What's more important to succeed in the workforce, competence and skills, or having connections?
Answer by Ken Larson:
One could interpret your use of the word, “Connections” as the ability to practice effective company politics.
In my view, competence is the gateway to success and allows access to company politics (connections by your definition). It then becomes a matter of practicing good politics or 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.