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Beyond Office Politics: The Hidden Story of Power, Affiliation & Achievement in the Workplace Paperback – June 14, 2012
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In "Beyond Office Politics," Linda Sommer beholds the workplace with fresh insight and clarity. She then uses simple language to describe the dynamic that causes one person to flourish and another to perish in the battle for position and power in the boardroom or the back room. She's not describing anything new, but reading her book is like seeing it for the first time. And by giving us a vocabulary to describe it, she has equipped us with the tools to understand it and to purposefully navigate it. For those who have lost their business edge or have grown weary, "Beyond Office Politics" will breathe life into your career by showing you how to reclaim the initiative and enter the fray with 20/20 vision and clarity of purpose.
An easy read about some hard truths and a great investment in your own future.
From a content point of view, the story of Don and his relationships with managers and peers in the company BioWidgets explains the different key concepts of how office politics play and how to get the best out of each potential situation. The author chose a very nice approach to take us through this concepts by using Don's story, as it is a very relatable tale, but most importantly, it is clear, concise, and can provide great insight for the reader's own situation. The book is organized very nicely in chapters that have a concrete learning point, easily browsed via the table of contents.
One of the many great things about this book, since I got the Kindle edition, is the ease of navigation. At the end of each chapter there is a link with coach notes which takes you to a summary / review section of the key concepts from the chapter. I found this section particularly useful to make annotations, usually I make them all over the book, but I found myself annotating everything in the coach notes! I'm sure paperback readers can get the same benefits, they would just need good old-fashioned page swapping!
Overall, I really liked this book and can fully recommend to have in one's library. This is definitely one you want to read more than once!
The book is written in a novelette form using Don as our hero as he fights to save his career. This story-telling way of writing makes it very easy for the reader to quickly grasp an understanding of the key concepts and how they might work in practice. However, it does have its downsides which I'll explore shortly.
Don our hero, meets Joe his coach for coffee and starts on a journey to regain the support of his team and his boss in order to gain a promotion over an ambitious new peer. Each chapter takes us through the coaching process Joe uses to help Don discover his strengths by gaining an understanding of the three motivational needs (Power, Affiliation, Achievement) in himself and others. Each chapter concludes by directing the reader to a summary of the concepts in the back of the book. This is a very well structured and easily assimilated approach (as an aside, the coaching process, method and style used by Joe, is a first-rate example of good coaching).
In addition to giving us a sound understanding of the three motivational needs, the book is an excellent guide on how to position oneself better in the organizational hierarchy through a strategy such as personal branding.
The downside of using a novelette to explain a theory is that it immediately makes it contextual. If the context resonates with the reader, then the story works wonderfully well.Read more ›
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The way the book is written as a story makes it very engaging. Storytelling is the best form of teaching in my opinion because we tend to remember stories far longer than lists and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by harsh desai
Really good book, I like the story telling approach and summary to understand the premises this book is based on.Published 23 months ago by serg337
well written, clear structured. unfolded a clear hidden org chart in front of us. these are something need to know if you're working for an institute.Published 23 months ago by Yuan Yuan Xu
I'm a bit suspicious of the many positive rating for this largely insubstantial book. What it lacks in practical substance it compounds with a cardboard cutout story that amounts... Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by gtcaz
BEYOND OFFICE POLITICS: THE HIDDEN STORY OF POWER, AFFILIATION & ACHIEVEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) by Linda Sommer is a short parable-type... Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Blaine Greenfield
This relatively quick read by Linda Sommer will provide the reader with some insights that are generally not taught in business schools - and need to be. Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Edward J. Barton