Has anyone here clarified the UPSC 2018

Jean Puetz

As in families, there are always power games in companies. In
The frequency of power games increases, the more limited the resources
become. That means: the further you climb the career ladder, the more
There are fewer opportunities to climb even further - but for that
relatively more and more applicants for the same place in the sun.
In a number of companies this leads to it being heaped on the upper floors
comes to power games.

On the one hand, it is about securing your own territory, on the one hand
another about getting yourself in a good position for the next one
Bringing career leaps while at the same time bringing others into one
worse pushes. In the end, such power games always come at a cost
the company's interests, because securing and trapping costs
Energy that is lost to the company.

Why are power games played in management?

The fact that power games are played at all also has something to do with the
hierarchical organization in companies. When a company like a
Once the pyramid is built, the climb is difficult. The rule is: the bigger
the influence, the higher the headcount, the more important you are, the more
The better you get paid, the greater the chance of it all the way to the top
to accomplish. According to some theories, in large companies there are between
forty and fifty percent of a manager's energy goes into that
Power games "invested", which are supposed to promote advancement. As
As a result, the work of executive teams is destructive, long-term
"Cooperation" almost impossible.

There is another way of doing this. It depends on the composition of the
Board members. For example, they are all not special
status-conscious, but prefer to shape together and be
Allowing each other leeway can also work on one another
function at this level without any power play. I have with one
Board of Management worked on which it worked extremely well -
until there was a new CEO. Thanks one
single power-conscious people has a well-functioning team
transformed into a shark tank within months.

Mechanisms of action and functioning of power games

Transactional analysis defines psychological games as unconscious
ongoing manipulation mechanisms. In the top management area
purposefully and deliberately "played" what one in the transactional analysis
instead of “play” referred to as “maneuver”. But the nomenclature is
ultimately not decisive, because regardless of whether "game" or "maneuver",
both work according to the same pattern. The game is usually played
in the so-called "drama triangle", which is divided into three classic ones
Roles: victim, rescuer and persecutor. A victim seeks a savior
a persecutor, in turn, seeks his victim. Victims and rescuers work
at first glance, more sympathetic than the pursuer - you may
However, remember that all three roles are manipulative
be taken. Victims and rescuers do not negotiate either
actual helplessness or just out of pure philanthropy
out. In addition, a supposed victim who is not helped can
or a rescuer whose "offers of help" are denied, if necessary
quickly mutate into an aggressive pursuer.

The three entries into a power game

  • The entry into a game often comes about by having a
    The facts are strongly distorted. So-called
    Absolute terms excellent: "We always have the same situation /
    You can never rely on your department / Everyone knows
    that ... “By using absolute terms, one becomes
    generates higher drama, that promotes emotionality.
  • Another popular way to get started is to keep the essentials simple
    fade out. You can hide something from yourself as well as
    in others (e.g. skills). And facts can also be in
    some situations are hidden, for example when you are in
    Meeting in the presence of the board of directors freaks out. Even if you go to that
    Outbreak was provoked, one hides the fact that such a meeting
    is not the right setting for expressing outrage.
  • The third way to lure someone into a game,
    is to create a picture of him that is guaranteed not to
    wants to be seen. For example, if someone is definitely not considered a
    If you want to be perceived as "weak in leadership", he becomes very sensitive
    react when you accuse him in the meeting of being too much anyway
    soft and let the staff dance around you.

If someone leaves a "bait" laid out there is no game

Games can only be played if the one in the game
should be pulled, there is a "sore point". One
Supervisors about trying to lure them into thinking that they don't care enough
taking care of his co-workers only works if he is himself one
has a guilty conscience about this. Someone with his
Leadership style is okay, does not respond to allegations that it is too
compliant, too harsh, or too authoritarian.

“Who's to blame for the problem?” - Power games in the style of a courtroom

A frequently encountered game, with which also power games
can be fought out is the "courtroom game". It works
about finding a culprit. If something went wrong, it stands
often the search for solutions is not in the foreground. Instead it will
Spent a lot of energy trying to figure out who was to blame. Man
so if possible must play so well that the blame falls on everyone
If it does not end up with you or in your own department,
but preferably with your favorite enemy. The search for solutions is device
slightly falling behind. Can you make it through skillful
Argumentation and skillful selection of facts, the other quite often the
Subduing the guilty role definitely strengthens the guilty party
own position of power.

Good Player - Bad Leader?

Good, and therefore dangerous, players know exactly when they are
attack and when to hold back. That doesn't work
each. Many people automatically go to the
Counterattack over. This can be exploited by a more "savvy" player
for example, by creating a situation that causes the
“forces” others to freak out and lose face.

The other side of power games is that they are often a form
Dealing with your own fear - after all, top managers experience each other
often as quasi at war. You deal with it by being as brutal as possible
strike to frighten the opponent more than frightened them
are. A large threat scenario is built for the
it doesn't even occur to others to attack on your part.

Executives who rise because of their good work are
sometimes perplexed and also unsettled about what was happening to them on the upper floors
encountered in power games. In such cases I recommend coaching
where one looks very carefully to see whether there is a chance for them
there to learn to move in the shark tank or whether the
Constantly dealing with games drains him so much that he is better off one
seeks another role in the company.

In my experience, power games are medium and small
Family businesses and not so pronounced in medium-sized companies
like in large companies or corporations. They are in the middle class
Power relations are usually clearer, the positions are less common
changed and there it is more common that you get what you look for
broke in, also has to spoon out himself.