By Hanan Awaad
In the famous Hollywood movie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Maggie Pollitt said to Brick Pollitt: “You know what I feel like? I feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof.”, “Then jump off the roof, Maggie. Jump off it. Cats jump off roofs and land uninjured. Do it. Jump.” Brick said. Maggie replied: “Jump where? Into what?”
Many career women experience the same feeling as Maggie when it comes to office politics. One of the most devastating strategies to attack a colleague or a team is the ‘Put-Down Game.’ Marie G. McIntyre explains in her book, Secrets to Winning at Office Politics: How to Achieve Your Goals and Increase Your Influence at Work, that this game requires player(s) and target(s). Players employ sarcasm, criticism and hurtful remarks to put down their victim or target. By doing this, they feel good about themselves.
Self-confidence is your survival tool to win this nasty game. Remember that those who are belittling you and your team are insecure, angry creatures. Your superiority contrasts their inferiority. The best tactic is not to let their casual remarks erode your self-confidence. Do not get into defensive mode; this only will wear you down. Avoid them or minimize your contact with them; keep your chin high and your back straight; and keep your focus on your career goals.
Originally posted 2016-02-19 01:40:59.