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III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way. GCF Retreat Workshop 1 May 2004. Outline. Lessons from real cases II The clues for survival The key to success Lessons from real cases III The humility of service The road to sanctity References. Lessons from real cases III

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Outline

  • Lessons from real cases II
  • The clues for survival
  • The key to success
  • Lessons from real cases III
  • The humility of service
  • The road to sanctity
  • References

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Lessons from real cases III

Sharpen your saw

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case 5
Case 5

Imagine you’re trapped by somebody who has promised to support your proposal in the meeting and turns out to do otherwise.

What would you do ?

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

case 6
Case 6

Imagine you’re a HR Manager directly reporting to MD of a subsidiary with dotted line to Group HR Director in the HQ. In a meeting, you’re caught in the middle & urged to take side.

What would you do ?

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

case 7
Case 7

Imagine you are charged to cut 1,000 staff. Having made a few vain attempts to persuade the top dogs otherwise, you are finally asked to do what you are told or leave the company.

What would you do ?

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

case 8
Case 8

When a big shot forces you to endorse an investment which you think is a dog,

what would you do ?

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Outline

  • Lessons from real cases II
  • The clues for survival
  • The key to success
  • Lessons from real cases III
  • The humility of service
  • The road to sanctity
  • References

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

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The humility of service :

Respond to the call

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

the parable of goats and sheep
The parable of goats and sheep

And the King will answer and say to them, , “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to me.”

- Matthew 25:40, 45 -

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

the call
The call
  • Be yourselves
  • Do what you are
  • Ours for others

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

be yourselves
Be yourselves
  • Focus on who you are
  • Accept who you are not
  • Be honest about your personal strengths & weaknesses
  • Who you want to be > what you want to do

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

do what you are
Do what you are
  • Don’t make false promises
  • Don’t pretend to be able to deliver what you can’t
  • You can’t please all “customers” – and they know this
  • But you can please some – figure out what you are good at and do it

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

ours for others
Ours for others
  • Authorship
    • Help others to do something they love doing, to use their chosen skills, or to express something important about their deeper selves
    • Unlock the creative freedom of others’ talent

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

ours for others15
Ours for others
  • Power
    • Empower others to make a difference and influence the world around them
    • Look for “the workers” – help them to produce the greatest return, but respect their lack of desire for the limelight

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

ours for others16
Ours for others
  • Love
    • Take the risk of showing others genuine appreciation, caring and affection
    • Take the blame for a subordinate strategically (not blindly)
      • Lessen the amount of the mob violence
      • Gain a powerful ally
    • Give others psychic support & personal fellowship

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

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Ours for others
  • Trust
    • Build healthy teams and respect their autonomy
    • Build trust by being loyal to those absent, then you retain trust of those present
  • Significance
    • Help others feel that they matter & their works makes the world a richer place

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the ethics of service
The ethics of service
  • Work is a blessing, therapy, and service
    • What is your call ?
    • Who you are and who you are not ?
    • What you are good at and what you are not ?
  • Possible conflict between meeting the needs of our “customers” and preserving our values
    • Who are our customers and who are not ?
    • What are their needs ? Can you fulfill ?
    • Are you willing to promote others not for return ?
    • How about mixed motive ?

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Outline

  • Lessons from real cases II
  • The clues for survival
  • The key to success
  • Lessons from real cases III
  • The humility of service
  • The road to sanctity
  • References

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The road to sanctity

Get your hands dirty*

* ‘Dirty’ here means engagement

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in your context work is
In your context, work is…

Co-creation,

Actualization ?

Gen 1:27-29; 9:1

Work

As

Gen 2:8,15

Gen 3:17-19

Curse,

Punishment ?

Blessing,

Therapy ?

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your choice could be
… your choice could be

Actualization

=>Success

Work

Context

v.

Office

Politics

Curse =>

Survival

Blessing =>

Service

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insights from jesus
Insights from Jesus …

Did He pursue others’ goals

or His own ?

Actualization

=>Success

Work

Context

v.

Office

Politics

Did He seek to serve

or to be served ?

Did He once hide His

Messianic secret ?

Curse =>

Survival

Blessing =>

Service

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and other biblical figures as well
…and other biblical figures as well

Actualization

=>Success

Nehemiah

Work

Context

v.

Office

Politics

Daniel

Joseph

Abraham

Paul

Ezekiel

Curse =>

Survival

Blessing =>

Service

Moses

John

III. Winning Office Politics In A Christian’s Way

after all we ll grow w life struggles
After all, we’ll grow w/ life struggles

Success

Rationalization ?

Mixed motives ?

Contradictory ?

Exclusive ?

Office

Politics

Sequential ?

Survival

Service

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We are not human beings struggling to be holy, but holy people struggling to be human

- Source unknown -

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will you see it differently
Will you see it differently ?

A sister in your company has been designated to succeed a top dog, but she worries about your ability to survive the power play.

She’s seeking your counsel, what would you advise her ?

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“There’s some good in this world and it is worth fighting for,” said Sam to Frodo.

- The Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers -

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Surviving office politics in a Christian’s way

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Winning

Surviving office politics in a Christian’s way

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references
References
  • Books
    • Clever as serpents : Business ethics & office politics
      • By Jim Grote and John McGreeney
      • A Michael Glacier book published by The Liturgical Press @ 1997
      • Comment : A must-read classic for Christians to lead a corporate life; cynical though, its repeated ‘wake-up’ calls for ascetic detachment may echo in veterans’ hearts
      • Rating : *****
    • Escape from cluelessness : A guide for the organisationally challenged
      • By Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal
      • New York, NY : AMACOM Books, 2000
      • Comment : A simple, easy-to-read handbook for the rookies
      • Rating : ***

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References
  • Books
    • The 48 laws of power
      • By Robert Greene and Joost Elffers
      • Viking Penguin @ 1998
      • Comment : A must-read classic for power games
      • Rating : *****
    • Cubicle warfare : Self-defense strategies for today’s hyper-competitive workplace
      • By Blaine L. Pardoe
      • Prima Publishing @ 1997
      • Comment : A practical guide to craft strategies for different cases; already translated into Chinese
      • Rating : ****

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References
  • Books
    • Winning Office Politics : Dubrin’s Guide For The ‘90s
      • By Andrew J. Dubrin
      • Prentice Hall @ 1990
      • Comment :With this information, you’ll be able to…get the boss on your side...
      • Rating : ****
    • Clever as Serpents : Business Ethics and Office Politics
      • By Jim Grote and John McGeeney
      • The Liturgical Press @ 1997
      • Comment :This is an original, thought-provoking contribution to the field of management and investment theory.
      • Rating : ****

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References
  • Movies
    • Disclosure
      • Comment : A must-watch classic for the boss to trap the subordinate & the latter to fight back
      • Rating : *****
    • Wall Street
      • Comment : A classic for the boss to manipulate the mob / the market
      • Rating : *****
  • Journals (www.gcf.org.hk)
    • “Office politics”, GCF Journal 2002, Vol. 44 & 45
    • “Office politics”, GCF Journal 2001, Vol. 8

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