"Politics" is nothing more complex than manipulating people and situations to advance an agenda. If your methods are positive, and your agenda is positive, you have "Positive" politics.
"Hey, Bob (new sales guy). I hear you're meeting with Bill at XYZ
Corp next week. Did you know he was the customer who came up with the
RazzMataz feature idea on our Multi-Dimensional Widget product line?
You should take Steve (engineer) with you, as he's the specialist on
"Hey Sara (Boss) - I asked Bob to take Steve with him to see XYZ Corp
next week, since XYZ Corp really uses the feature Steve made last year. BTW -
Steve hasn't had a raise in a while. Is there anything we can do for
With that little maneuver, you got the new sales guy to "owe you one," you got a good bit of recognition for one of your team (which pays off big, later), and maybe even set the stage for one of your team getting a raise.
You now have two people who are grateful for your efforts, and a boss who knows you aren't a credit hog. That's building political capital that you may need, later.