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Surviving and Thriving in Organizational Politics (Part 2)


As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, there are certain aspects to Surviving and Thriving, which includes learning leadership and having an effective network. Today, I want to look at three other points.

Understanding “Expectations”
Young leaders often run afoul of the administration of their units because they simply do not take the time to clearly understand what is expected of them, assuming they already know what is expected (“Do my job, and do it well”, etc.). But these assumptions are often only part (or none) of what is really expected of them. For example, one common expectation by administrations that many emerging leaders tend to forget is the golden rule of “Don’t make my work harder than it already is”. Nobody wants more work, particularly a harassed and harried supervisor (they are all consider themselves such… even if they are not!), and in fact, this expectation may well supersede the “doing my job well” one.


Ricardo Azziz, MD, MPH, MBA

A educator-scientist-executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in higher education, research, and healthcare, Dr. Azziz currently serves as Regents’ Professor, Augusta University; Senior Fellow, American Association of State Colleges & Universities; Visiting Scholar, Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California; and former founding CEO, Georgia Regents Health System.