A reader writes:
As you move up the corporate ladder, you are forced to play more and more politics, and for an entrepreneur like myself it is the hardest part cause I feel like its all a wasted time.
Company politics seems like a waste of time, but it is part of the price that organizations pay for their size. Size, like every other aspect of competition, has its advantages and its disadvantages. This balancing of forces is why large organizations donâ€™t take over the world. As organizations grow, they get more resources from the market, which is positive, but internal competition for those resources becomes more and more important. This plays as company politics because most companies have no impersonal "market" system within companies to determine where those resources go. More and more people in large organizations lose contact with external competition because the organization position in the market seems secure, so everyone's focus turns more toward their position inside the organization. This is a â€œdesign featureâ€ of size, which is why Sun Tzu teaches that unity, that is, focus on shared goals, not organization size, is the source of strength.