Politics is not a dirty word.

Many times when we hear the word “politics”, some immediately have a negative connotation. During a meeting, I mentioned this word, and I noticed a few expressions changed.

Politics is not inherently a dirty word. It highlights one of the critical elements that determine if a project can be successful. It is naive to think that politics is not at play unless we are intentionally political. Politics is ever present.

One key aspect of political power is the buy-in from the people. One of the key debates during the election was whether NMPs and NCMPs have the same political muscle as those voted in. Having the mandate of the people for a representative is essential.

For example, one of the key issue discussed during elections is that although we might endorse the person who is leading, we might not endorse those that they bring along. Such issues has been brought up when we talk about the GRC system in Singapore. Similarly, in project management, when we elect someone to lead the team, we must also be aware of the potential issues that can arise when the leader forms his own team post election. Although this can be seen as trivial, having the foresight to understand the potential complication that could arise can help us make an informed decision.

Hence, instead of pretending that politics is not part of project completion, we should face it squarely and manage it.

What do you think?

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By ben@sgben.com

Hi, I am Benjamin. I am a Singaporean son, born and bred. I came from a modest background, just like most Singaporeans and went to mainstream schools like most middle-class Singaporeans. What makes me different is my unconventional choices and journey in life, giving me more profound insights. Entering a secondary school infested with secret societies in the earlier days exposed me to a different side of Singapore. I graduated well despite having a volatile phase. I chose one of the youngest polytechnics despite having a score good enough for JC, even as others tell me it is not recognised, and I would not make it into university through that path. During my National Service, I also went through a difficult phase of rediscovering the purpose of serving. My university was another defining chapter, spanning over nine years, involving many adventures and endeavours. As you can see, I seldom bother myself with dogmas. I strongly believe in Steve Job's speech at Stanford University. I hope to lead others by example, inspire them to do the same and empower the decisions they have to make in their lives. Reach me at sgBen.com.

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