CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
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Talk about politics.
Office politics is a complicated game where death, love and marriage rarely matter, and neither do other things that aren’t directly and largely involved with work and with workplace relations or standings. Whether or not a person is willing to play the game of office politics can often weigh heavily on the quality of the career they have. This not to say that all careers are ruled by the quality of a person’s ability to play office politics well, but it can, and frequently does, have an influence on them, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant this result is. A good display of these assumptions is Grissom and myself. We have similar career lengths and amounts of experience in our fields, and possess equal positions in the lab, albeit with the difference of shift, relevant co-workers and specialisation. We are essentially, for the most part, at the same level and position in our careers, except that I play office politics well, and often. Therefore, I know that my standing in the eyes of my superiors, may be more vividly outlined if we were ever thought of for the same promotion.
After all, above supervisor, a lot of the positions available to people such as ourselves, involve office politics in heavy amounts, because it is a role that involves effective management and control of staff, as well as general opinions about the lab as a whole. People who progress into more managerial roles within the lab, need to be able to play the office politics game well, and they need to be able to control the people that their duties dictate that they watch over. They need to be able to do this as smoothly and as effectively as possible, without hindrance from inexperience or inward and reflective personal caution, because hesitation can, and ultimately or inevitably, always leads to some form of disaster.
Real world politics, just as much as office politics, is all about control, appearance, respect and the thoughts of the public. If people know that you can control them, then they are, often, most certainly, controlled in some form or manner. Grissom and I differ because our desires differ. We stand at the same or almost similar level, in many respects, yet we are both aware that I rank ahead of him when it comes to higher forms of personnel and reputation management. We both enjoy our jobs, but it is I who will succeed in the endeavour of climbing the professional ladder. Office politics makes the difference in this case, as it does, and can, in many occasions and circumstances. I appear successful, and indeed, I am successful. I respect others, and most certainly, I am respected. My co-workers, my public, think highly of me, and for the most part, if they do their jobs right, I think highly, or at least, similarly, of them. I am respected, and this quality and those others I do share with Grissom. Office politics though, is the world and the divide between him and I. Whereas I know how to talk, how to wine and dine those people above, below and around me, he sits in his office, secluded and alone. Given the chance, I know he’d take his dreaded paperwork over a cordial dinner any day, whereas my paperwork would already be done, and I would have arrived just a few minutes early to check seating arrangements.
If politics was just procedure, any simpleton able to remember the rules and strategies of chess would be able to be a politician. Indeed, many politicians nowadays seem of that quality, but that is not what makes a person good at politics. To be good at politics, you need to be able to remember the rules, and you need to have the personality and drive to use the rules in a proper and advantageous manner that benefits not only you, but the community at large. You need to look good, talk well and carry yourself with the air of a politician, and not some hired monkey trained to spew forth the remembered rules at a moment’s notice. Grissom is no trained monkey, he is better than that, and is, I believe, a very intelligent man. However, we are still different. I carry myself with the air of an office politician, and I play that game well. Grissom, no, he does not, and therefore, I succeed where he, because of his choices already made and to be made, ultimately fails.