As I said in the last post, in every office . . . .
All is not as it seems.
In every office, in every university, in every street gang, in places of worship, in organized charities . . . . . there is office politics.
Every human being entering a room brings a soul, an ego, a temperament, a collection of past experiences, values, joys, and fears, etc. Some positive, some negative.
It affects how they interact with other individuals. It affects how they interact in groups of people.
You’ve experienced this already, of course. It exists in every community of people who meet daily to share common values or achieve common aims.
What you may not know is the degree to which it can make a mockery of org charts.
It is quite possible, for example, for a programme manager or integrator to have less real influence than a section head or a project manager. On the surface, one should have more authority and influence than the other, but in practice, because of temperament or personality, the reverse is true.
Just understand that for every org chart you see, there is an unofficial org chart that isn’t written down anywhere, but that everybody has in their heads.
Get familiar with that unofficial org chart. Learn to work with it. It can save you a lot of time and heartache in the long run.
Here are some of the “unofficial” job functions you will meet: