Sometimes You Have to Play Games

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Office Politics Stink

After a 14-year career in finance, I have witnessed only a handful of women successfully manage their way to a spot that makes them feel happy and victorious, while seeing numerous women work their way to misery and disappointment. I used to count myself as one of those numerous women. The cause for this misery and disappointment is that we women don’t like to play games.

When we got the corporate handbook on the first day of orientation, no one told us that, in addition to not wearing open-toed shoes and using corporate email only for work communications, we would have to make sure we were well-versed in the political games that are constantly taking place around us.

Goals and Game-Playing 

During my career working for a large bank, my goals were to show up every day, work hard, support my team, help my clients, and grow professionally. I was a no-nonsense type of gal who didn’t like to get bogged down in drama and politics. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that understanding politics and game playing are essential to move in a successful professional direction.

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.

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