What Star Wars Teaches Us About Office Politics

How the Trilogy of Trilogies reflects the Good versus Evil battle in everyday office interactions

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Are these articles serious?

Unfortunately, that answer is yes even as unfathomably baffling as it may seem.

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Photo by Kayla Velasquez on Unsplash

Does it really need to be this way?

Last night I finally went to see the ultimate conclusion to the nine movie series, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. In researching the words I wanted to write here I looked up the movie on Rotten Tomatoes. It is currently sitting at a 54% Tomatometer for critics with a Critics Consensus statement of: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination, but concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion. Ugh!

I would also note that on the same Rotten Tomatoes page the audience score for this movie is 86%!

I wonder if movie critics, online trolls, and office politicians can ever allow themselves to feel the magic that I feel as a fan of these movies. These people share common traits. They generate emotion and messaging from a source of power and hunger for things that don’t really matter. They join the Dark Side and eschew friends and family and sometimes common sense in a grab for more resources, a bigger office, or the ability to commiserate with someone and then use that information to back stab them in the next round of office game of thrones.

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Image by www_slon_pics from Pixabay

Workplace politics are a symptom of a sickness called rampant fear. When people don’t speak freely — notice I didn’t see “can’t speak freely,” because presumably they all have tongues and teeth — then fear is the prevailing energy, and nothing good can happen in the organization. When we pretend we don’t see the heavy smog of fear in an organization, we are part of the problem.

Liz Ryan from The Truth About Workplace Politics

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May the Force be with you!

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