If you need another reason to hate office politics, Dave Anderson shares some awful advice on how to join office politics, one of them is:

Slow down other teams

If other teams move quickly, your team can become a bottleneck. That never looks good. When a wild animal is chasing you, you need to not be the slowest. Slow down your peer teams by asking for info, or starting processes. As a bonus, you look as if you’re holding a high bar.

  • “But have you done a user study?”
  • “Did you get a security review?”
  • “That design looks interesting! Could you get a principal review before you move forward?”

Once you’ve slowed them down, they’ll be a bottleneck, and it will demonstrate that your leadership is superior.


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