I hear this from nearly every level…from technicians to mid and high level managers, usually after a long battle for an initiative or project.
The expression is usually spoken in frustration after a failure to gain momentum or support and some even feel they aren’t a part of the “in-crowd.”
This word “politics.” It’s defined as the art or science of government. Another definition is the “competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership.” (Merriam-Webster)
Of course it’s politics. If people are involved (and they always are), they bring opinions, perspectives, interests, needs, wants, thoughts, and goals. But it’s not evil. And there is no sinister agenda (sorry conspiracy folks).
Saying that differing opinions and the competition of ideas is just “political” is an excuse not to care anymore. It’s a way to turn off.
In this life, you get out what you put in. Every single time.
What are you putting in today?
“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.” – Plato