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  • Linda R. Taliaferro

The #1 Mistake Black & Brown Women Make at Work

She’s the bully in admin who keeps you up at 3 am — and makes you dread getting out of bed in the morning.

He’s the manipulator in management whose emails tie your stomach in knots.

She’s the backstabber who made you NEVER want to share your slides with your boss before a big presentation again.

Workplace sharks can make your office a living hell. So you’re not getting involved in all that workplace drama and politics, right? Just doing you? Big mistake.

Here’s why…

The Worst Decision You Could Make at Work?

Deciding NOT to be a part of the politics within your company.

Because workplace politics are more than the machinations of cut-throat corporate climbers: they’re how people move the needle; they’re the system of power within an organization. Working that system can make the difference between being seen and being IGNORED — between running in place and making progress. The latter is how you get your seat.

And if you’ve been avoiding the politics in your office up until now, know this:

It’s never too late to start playing your part.

I know because I made the same mistake. I kept my head down working long hours and late nights while coworkers chatted around the watercooler and went for drinks when the clock struck 6. You know where that got me? Not far.

Until I made these 3 shifts…

No Man Is an Island: How to Make Workplace Politics Work for You

Discovering how to leverage office politics is your KEY to making work WORK FOR YOU. And it all starts with these 3 shifts:

Pay Attention

Start watching how things get done: who assigns projects, who greenlights (& funds) major initiatives, and who’s in charge of promotions. Pinpoint the movers and the shakers.

Show Up Authentically

Start showing up authentically. This can be tough. I know. But the personal is always tied to the professional, and if you’re not letting your personality shine, you’ll have a hard time getting people to like you. And they have to like you in order to go to bat for you.

Build Relationships

Your next step? Get more colleagues in your corner. Build professional relationships: make friends, find a mentor, take a mentee under your wing. The more relationships you nurture, the greater the social capital you have to leverage when it’s time to get your ideas heard and supported — so you can stand out and MOVE UP.

The Payoff

When you’re driving workplace politics — instead of hiding from them — you are truly making progress in your career, whether that’s getting a promotion, a raise, or finally taking the leap into a leadership role. That’s your payoff.

Now, for a lot of Black and Brown women (including me earlier in my career), letting your guard down to show up authentically can feel impossible. Maybe you’re hitting a wall right now just thinking about it. And if that’s the case, let’s talk. Book your 1-on-1 with me. We can work through the personal issues holding you back from showing off your personality at work, so you can start building the relationships that will take you to the top.

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