Politics exist in every organization. As you make sense of the office politics around you, you'll need to distinguish when you are compiling information versus engaging in gossip. Gossip, generally speaking, is the trivial workplace talk that spreads sensational or intimate matters around the office. When interviewing women for my book, Denise Incandela, President of Saks Direct at Saks Fifth Avenue, recommended, "Don't get involved in negativity or gossip; to me that just embodies professional immaturity. Of course, a good rule of thumb is to only say things about people that you would say to their face[s]."
As an undergraduate at NYU, I was always curious about the intellectual sisterhood uptown, otherwise known as Barnard College students. The women's-only correlate to Columbia University, like many others of its ilk, has graduated several notable women and boasts a platinum academic track record.
Can an aspiring leader say "no" to work assignments and still move up at work? The answer is "yes" if you choose your "no's" carefully.
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