In his Politics, Aristotle believed humankind was a "political animal" because he is a social creature with the power of speech and moral reasoning:
Hence it is evident that the state is a creation of nature and that man is by nature a political animal. And he who by nature and not by mere accident is without a condition is either above humanity or below it; he is the 'Tribeless, lawless, hearthless one,' whom Homer denounces—the outcast who is a lover of war; he may be compared to a bird which flies alone.
The political nature of man is seen in almost everything humankind is involved in as long as there is a decision or choice to be made in a formal setting like an organization or informal setting that warehouses human activity x-rayed through exchanges.
One then would ask, what is organizational politics (workplace politics)?
Workplace politics is the process and behavior involving power and authority in human interactions. It is also a tool to assess the operational capacity and to balance diverse views of interested parties. It is also known as office politics and organizational politics. Wikipedia
From the definition above, it is evident that interest be it from an individual or group point of view, is what drives politics, more so in an organizational setting. The culture that operates in an organization is not immune from that which is operational in the broader society. What happens out there also finds its way into the walls and structures of the organization.
Organizational politics is our focus in this episode of the Word Café. I will be discussing this with Evi Constance Omagbemi, a Maritime Regulatory Lawyer, Compliance Risk Management expert, a Researcher, and an Author.Transformational Trauma and Healing