It is important to be plugged in enough at work to know the political landscape so you are aware of the backstory and what if anything it means for you. Knowing which way the wind is blowing, who is in favor and what is important to them is being heads up. It is up to you to choose what role in the political landscape you choose to take (initiator, conspirator, advisor, player, etc). The important thing is that you are connected enough to know what is happening, in what timeframe and how it is likely to affect you. By being plugged in enough to know the scene, you will be able to navigate the waters better.