Why your organization is intractably political, and how to fix it

image0There’s a lot of advice out there on the Internet for corporate leaders on how to make their organizations less political. Everyone hates office politics; it’s all that shit that deprives an organization of its ability to do the right thing, causes good people to leave in disgust or get fired for the wrong reasons, and enables bad people to rise, and eventually causes the organization to fail in ways that seem obviously preventable from the outside. Ben Horowitz has a lot to say on the tactics of fighting political behavior. I don’t disagree with what he says, but I’m going to take a different approach, from a higher level.