IT enemy No. 4: The Politico
As technology rises in importance across virtually every organization, office politicians will be looking to surf the IT wave into the executive suite -- even if they have to ride on your back to do it.
Recognizing the enemy: Look for managers who've mastered the art of talking out of both sides of their mouths at the same time.
Your best defense: Dig a trench and try to outlast them. Effective CEOs are veterans at spotting those playing office politics. Or make allies with high command to shield yourself from radioactive fallout when things implode.