So, I created this video on the fly the night of my fantasy football draft a couple of weeks ago. I missed my draft last year, and well, things did not go the way I wanted them to. A lot of miscommunication and mistrust. Which is why I thought my Fantasy Football Draft is like organizational politics.

Bill Gentry: Fantasy Football = Organizational Politics

Here are the key highlights of the video.

1) To lessen the perception of politics in your organization, be clear in communication, don’t play favorites, and be as objective as possible.

2) Also, you can develop “political savvy” (which happens to be the title of a CCL guidebook that Jean Leslie and I just wrote…yes, I have it with me everywhere I go–even my fantasy football draft). Those who are politically savvy have the following traits/skills:

  • Self awareness – they know themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, and can read the environment
  • Network building – they have strong networks of people, friends and colleagues
  • Influential – they know different influence techniques and understand how to interpret the way others want to be influenced
  • Authentic – they have integrity, speak what they mean and mean what they say.  They walk the talk.

By the way, here is my draft round-by-round, I had the fifth pick out of 12. I’ll update everyone how my team is doing as the year goes by. NFL season starts Wednesday the 5th, good luck to all you fantasy players out there!

LeSean McCoy, RB PHI

Marshawn Lynch, RB SEA

A. J. Green, WR CIN

Brandon Marshall, WR CHI

Matt Schaub, QB HOU

Tony Gonzalez, TE ATL

Frank Gore, RB SFO

Eric Decker, WR DEN

Matt Cassel, QB KCC

Chicago Bears, Def

Justin Blackmon, WR JAC

Jared Cook, TE TEN

Cerdric Benson, RB GBP

Denver Broncos, Def

Rob Bironas, PK TEN

Greg Little, WR CLE

Mohamed Massaquoi, WR CLE (since dropped, for Russell Wilson, QB SEA)

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