A Life Changing Approach to Office Politics
 
Copyright © 1997, by Susan M. Osborn, Ph.D.
 
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This matrix will give you a quick assessment of the similarities and differences between your Personal Profile and your Organization's Character.

Instructions: Record your scores for your Personal Profile and Organizational Character in the matrix at the bottom of this page (hyperlinks have been provided for easier navigation). Print out your results (page 3). Connect the Personal Profile points with a pen of one color. Connect the Organizational Character points with a pen of a different color. Compare the two lines.
PERSONAL PROFILE

Rank order the following five descriptions in terms of how well they fit you (5 = best fit; 0 = worst fit.)
You're an ORGANIZER if:

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You command respect by exercising managerial skills. You like to direct many projects simultaneously, keep others motivated, and offer guidance. When there is confusion you provide grounding, bring order, and add stability. When things get messy you're the one who clears away the debris. You maintain detailed records and enjoy doing research.
You're a STRATEGIST if:

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You find it easy to plan, set goals, prioritize objectives, and follow through. You are pragmatic, efficient, and results-oriented. Competition adds fun, zest, and excitement to your life. You're good at making predictions and working with complex situations. Solving problems energizes you. You have solid conflict management skills.
You're a COMMUNICATOR if:

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You get excited by change and have a voracious appetite for learning. Your are very well connnected and are continually exchanging information with others who are part of your network. You prefer being part of project teams to working alone. Your public speaking and listening skills are highly developed and you frequently ask for feedback.
You're a BRIDGE if:

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You like to bring people, ideas, and resources together. You know how to negotiate boundaries, find common ground, and initiate relationships. You get a kick out of serving as a matchmaker and a broker for individuals and groups. You are both assertive and thoughtful, strong and tender, rational and playful.
You're a FRIEND OF GAIA if:
("Gaia" is the Greek name for Mother Earth.)

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You feel best when you're outdoors because you gain energy from nature. You like to plant seeds of ideas. You regard the growth and development of children as a source of amazement and delight. Responding to others' pain, you promote healing and seek justice. Dedicated to ecology, you work to restore the health of the planet.
 
ORGANIZATIONAL CHARACTER

Rank order the following five descriptions in terms of how well they fit your organization (5 = best fit; 1 = worst fit.)
An organization's character is "KING OF THE MOUNTAIN" if: (Pyramid)

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Hierarchy, seniority, and protocol are emphasized and jobs are compartmentalized. It's important to maintain stability. Leaders exercise control through regulations and standard procedures. They make the major decisions then pass the word down through structured meetings and official communication channels. Managers act as benevolent parents by helping loyal employees move up the corporate ladder.
An organization's character is "MOTOCROSS" if: (Arrow)

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Winning is critical. Life in the fast lane means everyone is under tremendous pressure to bring forth the latest products at the least cost in the shortest amount of time. The focus is on competitive analysis and strategy. Managers are master mechanics responsible for harnessing technology in order to gain control of markets. To succeed requires staying power, negotiating skill, and the ability to handle confrontation.
An organization's character is "WHITE WATER RAFTING" if: (Web)

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To deal with turbulence and chaos, people form self-managed teams. Cross-training ensures overlapping skills and increases individual flexibility. Each team is simultaneously connected at many points to a vast array of others through networks. Success depends on the ability to anticipate what's coming, get information to those who need it, eliminate cracks where data could fall through, respond to corrective feedback, and learn from experience.
An organization's character is "MAGICAL MYSTERY MIME TROUPE AND JAZZ BAND" if: (Mosaic)

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People are united in community around a common purpose. Work is integrated with the rest of their lives. Members believe collaboration leads to economic and social results that are superior to competition. There are few set roles; everyone learns to do many things. High performance is achieved through integration, cohesion, synergy, and group bonding. Members reward each other for integrity, improvisation, and imagination.
An organization's character is "DANCE WITH GAIA" if: (Sphere)

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People form worldwide partnerships, consortiums and liaisons due to their desire to make a difference. Instead of asking, "What's the problem?" they ask, "What can we do to make the world a better place?" Cross-pollination is key as they seek new ways to do everything. Members work to ensure restoration and preservation of the natural environment. They support causes linked to human rights and economic justice. And they sponsor convocations to explore alternative scenarios for the future of the planet.

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