I was at a family dinner the other night and was talking about office politics with one of my cousins. This cousin is a successful software executive who has a chemistry degree and years of experience working oin almost every aspect of the software business.
Our conversation about office politics turned into one about business philosophy. He explained to me that he was very fortunate to have started with his company years ago when it was growing and there was opportunity for a young go-getter fresh out of university. When he was in an entry level position, he went out of his way to find ways to help his team, boss and company do better. He took on extra work, corrected inefficiencies in the company’s processes and always took the time to help his boss out.