I subscribe to that quote, except for one point:
“We believe that the best companies are true meritocracies, where people rise and fall through their own contributions, not through game playing or politics.”
While I do believe in merit, I do not believe that politics are bad.
Politics: “The methods or tactics involved in managing a state or government” (from the American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition).
Politics in their purest form are simply the way things get done.
Self-serving agendas, dysfunctional relationships, and personal insecurities can cause an organization’s politics to be unhealthy. But, I believe that politics themselves are neither good nor bad.
Like any other corporate function, politics need to be managed effectively.
And just like other functions, they must be managed not only by leadership but by every individual or department they impact.
Another, Run with the Bulls without Getting Trampled, was written by Tim Irwin.
I’m reading them both this week.