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office politicsCan't we all just get along?

Experts agree that negotiating skills are probably the most valuable you can have in the modern workplace, where the art of the deal can smooth ruffled egos and help build teamwork.

When done the right way, office politics can ensure that a department gets it due, and the most capable people are rewarded for their value to the company. In the best possible scenario, the "lobbying" and social networking that go into office politics benefits everyone.

Sadly, that's not always the case. Similar to governmental politics, those in upper management can throw their weight around to the detriment of other groups or departments, weilding power for the benefit of a select few. The result is often infighting, one-upmanship, and a total distraction to the main goal. That is, simply getting the job done.

Others say that the best approach to surviving office politics is to simply ignore it, and refer to the time-tested advice from mom and dad, i.e., "... work hard, keep your head down, and you'll get noticed by the right people."

Who's right?

Just up ahead, check out related resources around the Web on the topic, and increase your personal value by learning the the fine art of office politics, along with how-to's on influencing powerful people and power groups within the organization...

More about office politics around the Web:

Office Politics - Discover a virtual library of self-help artiicles from with expert advice on resolving office conflicts, handling gossip, and related strategies for taking the high road when playing office politics.

Politics Comes with the Office - Take a cut-throat look at the office political landscape with advice on keeping your ear close to the grapevine, tips and tricks to discerning real power players, and a wrap up from Greek philosopher, Plato: “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

Handling Office Politics - Online career coach counseling on the finer points of navigating one's way around "the complex stew of power, ambition, control and ego."

FORTUNE Quiz: Surviving Office Politics - How are your people smarts? Take this archived interactive self exam from CNN Money to test your knowledge.

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