Power and Politics Paper

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Power and Politics Paper
Power and Politics are necessary influences in most organizations today. Power is not a necessary evil and is most often contained within the position of authority. Politics is a little harder to describe. People often see it when an individual is attempting to influence a decision or position within an organization without a formal role or authority. In this paper I will analyze an organizational management and leadership practices that impact organizations. I will also provide a couple real-world examples of the relationships between power and politics and how this relates to management and leadership practices.
Organizational Power Power in an organization is defined as the ability to get someone to do
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The organization was opening a temporary location in Overland Park, Kansas to recruit pharmacists and technicians for a national mail-order pharmacy. We had quarterly training meetings and other unofficial gatherings in Denver prior to opening a new location in Kansas. The chief executive officer was looking for an individual willing to relocate temporarily to the Kansas area for the length of the contract. The individual selected as the new regional manager for the area could meet on several occasions with the chief executive officer, chief technical officer and vice president of operations and was offered the assignment to run the new location. He was swayed leadership to select him for the opportunity. An example of power and politics in an organization would be Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones has legitimate power over the Dallas Cowboys and it is mostly absolute. Jerry is the owner and general manager and makes the majority of the decisions affecting the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry embarked on a vision to build a new stadium in Arlington, TX costing over $1.5 billion dollars. When originally announced by franchise owner Jerry Jones in 2004, the plans for a new stadium for the National Football League’s (NFL) Dallas Cowboys carried a price tag of $650 million dollars. The financing sources included: $325 million dollars to be generated

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