Politics and Upstaging

August 6, 2009
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President Obama and the Clintons relationship may have just changed. Rumors have circled that Obama has been making efforts to keep Hillary out of the public eye intentionally. Bill, in an act worthy of an ex-President, managed to secure the release of a couple of U.S. journalists from North Korea.

Leaders do this for many reasons, most of them probably not for the right reasons. We can say it is for the best in order to show who is the leader, keep the message consistent, but behind each of these are jealousy, ego, and fear. Leaders are human as well and suffer the issues.

Yet, this situation is a little different. Bill in some aspects upstaged both Obama and Hillary. It appears that Bill would only go if he received White House approval, but then again what were they going to say? Did the Clintons just take some of the spotlight? Or will it be forgotten by the end of the week.

Ahh, politics!!!

As leaders and managers, how do limit the impact of personal politics within the work force? These can often play out in destructive ways. Initiatives undermined because managers don’t like each other, or are vying for the same promotion. While people often talk about using


President Obama and the Clintons relationship may have just changed. Rumors have circled that Obama has been making efforts to keep Hillary out of the public eye intentionally. Bill, in an act worthy of an ex-President, managed to secure the release of a couple of U.S. journalists from North Korea.

Leaders do this for many reasons, most of them probably not for the right reasons. We can say it is for the best in order to show who is the leader, keep the message consistent, but behind each of these are jealousy, ego, and fear. Leaders are human as well and suffer the issues.

Yet, this situation is a little different. Bill in some aspects upstaged both Obama and Hillary. It appears that Bill would only go if he received White House approval, but then again what were they going to say? Did the Clintons just take some of the spotlight? Or will it be forgotten by the end of the week.

Ahh, politics!!!

As leaders and managers, how do limit the impact of personal politics within the work force? These can often play out in destructive ways. Initiatives undermined because managers don’t like each other, or are vying for the same promotion. While people often talk about using information to battle politicking, it is much more of a cultural issue.

Posted in Communication, Trusted Advisor Tagged: Communication, Culture, Personal Agenda, Politics


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