It’s no secret dealing with organizational politics can be complex. However, educating ourselves to understand these intrinsic dynamics may be the key ingredient to succeed in our careers.

In today’s conversation, Dr. Mira Brancu gives a masterclass on how to successfully navigate politics in the workplace. If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s possible to do politics with integrity while honoring your values and making a positive impact on those around you, this episode is for you.

Dr. Brancu begins by sharing her experience dealing with politics in the early stages of her career. She then delves into what we can do to understand organizational systems, shares tips on how to lead positive problem-solving processes, how to identify people who don’t have official positions but still have leader’s ears, what to do when you’ve tried everything and your office has become a toxic environment, and so much more.

Thank you for tuning in! If you haven’t listened to episode 25 where Laura talks about the new type A, then go back and check it out!

In this episode, we cover:
-What “playing politics” means in an organization.
-How to lead with your values and show up as a leader within big organizations proactively.
-Consequences of not engaging in workplace politics.
-Understanding other people’s political language.
-How to figure out power and influence within your company.
-How to deal with someone playing the dirty politics side.
-Positive reactiveness as a leader.

Resources and links mentioned during this episode:
-Find Dr. Brancu’s book, Millennials’ Guide to Workplace Politics: What No One Ever Told You About Power and Influence, here!
-Connect with Dr. Brancu via LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. And don’t forget to visit her website at
-Join the You Belong in The C-Suite coaching program to gain clarity on your values, create and stick to boundaries to live the life you want! Learn more HERE!

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More about Dr. Mira Brancu:

Dr. Mira Brancu is a consulting psychologist, leadership coach, writer, and speaker. She leads Brancu & Associates, a boutique consulting firm that aims to help leaders navigate large, complex organizations and helps organizations make it easier for them to navigate. She has a special passion for helping women gain the influence, power, leadership, and resiliency skills needed to succeed in today’s diverse, complex, and ever-changing workplace. She has written about this in her new book, Millennials’ Guide to Workplace Politics. Dr. Brancu is also an Associate Professor at Duke University, an Associate Editor of the Consulting Psychology Journal, and has a Psychology Today blog focused on women’s leadership.

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