If you’re a fan of ABC’s “Scandal”, you’re probably intrigued by the main character Olivia Pope. She is the ‘fix-it girl’ who cleans up her high profile, political client’s ‘messes’. She is also the on again off again mistress of the president. Yet, outside of these two factors, Olivia Pope is a great business woman. Viewers can learn a lot from how she manages her work life.
Work Lesson from Olivia Pope: Be accessible.
Regardless of your position, co-workers should have access to you. Take their phone calls. Answer their e-mails. Olivia Pope constantly stays in touch with her staff. At times, this means she has to stop completing a task and listen to something that may or may not affect her life, but is important to maintain good will between herself and a staff member.
Work Lesson from Olivia Pope: Always have allies.
They are people on the job who have your back. They are loyal to you regardless of your weaknesses. Olivia Pope has this kind of support from her staff and mentor Cyrus. Season 3 opened up with her being exposed as the president’s mistress. Her allies made sure to clear her name and reputation even though she was willing to take a fall.
Work Lesson from Olivia Pope: Build a diverse team.
Make sure your team is multifaceted and comprised of people from different backgrounds. Together, they can attack a task from various angles. Olivia Pope has succeeded in this area. Her staff is comprised of a lawyer, investigator, and two espionage-tech experts. Together, they keep her business running like a well-oiled machine.
Work Lesson from Olivia Pope: Address issues head on.
Whenever a peer or boss is in trouble, deal with it head on. Don’t pretend everything is okay the issue will continue to grow. In season 2, Huck began to spiral out of control, not bathing or speaking to anyone. Olivia Pope and her entire team tried to help him. No one behaved as though his change was ‘normal’.
Work Lesson from Olivia Pope: Show and give respect.
Respect should be given to everyone at work and also expected in return. When respect goes out the window, workers behave in horrible ways. In Olivia Pope’s business, respect is key. All of her staff treat each other with decency even though they are very different people.
In conclusion, the main character of ABC’s “Scandal” Olivia Pope is an example of a great business woman. She may fall short in other areas of her life, but when it comes to running her office, she’s on top of her game.
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