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The POL Indicator

Most people occasionally grumble about the office politics at their place of work—and most of us define political decisions as conniving and underhanded. But politics will always be a part of organizational life as long as people are involved. You can choose not to play, but the office politics will remain, so you need to figure out how to practice politics without sacrificing your integrity in the process.

Assess your political and organizational leanings (POL) by rating each of the following statements about organizational life and happiness at work. When finished, check your email for your results.

I think politics are a normal part of all work situations.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I know how to navigate effectively through the ‘unwritten’ rules of behavior at my workplace.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
My boss and I are clear about our expectations of each other.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I can effectively influence people and processes.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I think that there are always two sides to every story.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I will do whatever I can to advance my career as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I am not intimidated by the wielding of power.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I know when and how to share or take credit as circumstances dictate.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I usually set and stick to appropriate boundaries and limits.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I know how to make myself heard in a positive way.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I try to land on my feet in political situations so as to preserve relationships.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I can participate in the politics at work and still maintain my sense of morality and ethics.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
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