"Office politics can make or break your career. This is especially important for women to understand. Women avoid politics due to their belief that it’s dirty and underhanded, and it’s a waste of their valuable time. Unfortunately, our avoidance of the workplace dynamics makes us vulnerable to being blindsided and passed over for promotions. We need to embrace office politics to get ahead."Read the rest of Bonnie Marcus's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to learn the importance of politics, power and culture in getting ahead.