Power Players know that you can’t please all people all of the time. There will always be naysayers who’d rather be passive aggressive than confront you head-on. These are the people that Power Players call the classic troublemakers.
The reason why these people cause trouble is that they like the attention a fight gives them. They enjoy the spotlight. They enjoy the adrenalin.
The smartest Power Players do the one thing they can do when confronted with these troublemakers. They ignore them. By ignoring the troublemakers in your professional circle, you neutralise whatever power they might have. It is effective. Immediate. Necessary.
And it means that the troublemaker is forced to punch himself out with nobody returning the jabs. This is incredibly smart and incredibly powerful. Power Players always have, and always will know that.