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Empowering Yourself: The Organizational Game Revealed

4.9 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0787213862
ISBN-10: 0787213861
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About the Author

Harvey J. Coleman is President and founder of Coleman Management Consultants (CMC), Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Coleman has worked for Xerox and IBM Corporations and for the last thirty-five years consulted with many of the Fortune 100 Corporations, major governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, the military and educational institution in the United States and abroad. He has consulted with Great Britain's House of Lords and taught managers in over twenty-five different countries. He was elected Atlanta, Georgia's first Small Businessman of the Year. Empowering Yourself has been translated into Chinese and he has written a book about the rules for young people entitled ''The Rules of the Game for High School, College and Life''.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Coleman Management Assocs (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787213861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787213862
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Empowering Yourself" is an excellent source of information on how the real game is played. This is a book that needs to be read twice. The first time you read Coleman's work, you will feel helpless, angry, and even have the desire to revolt against the status quo. The first reading really motivates you to either change the system or merely give up even trying to play. On the second pass, you really get a feel for the power of this book. You realize that "Empowering Yourself" is a blueprint to success. Coleman is merely providing the reader with the design for success in the world we live in. It is up to the reader to decide whether it is worth going through with these plans. The analogy which I get from this book lies in the similarities between the "Rules of the Game" and the laws which govern gravity. We have all had the desire to fly, unbounded by the earth, flying free as a bird. But to do so, we would have to suspend the laws of gravity.As much as we revolt against physics, the laws of gravity will not be broken by man. Neither will the power structure which we currently live under (at least not in our lifetime). So it is the readers choice to learn to fly by man-made methods, become a modern day Don Quixote and fight the windmills of societys power structure, or be content to travel the earth by foot. This is a must read for all those who want to fly and are willing to pay the price.
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of my all time favorites. A superb book and recommend it to all my friends. This is a how to book for those planning to make it in corporate America and understanding how to play the game. This is a playbook for Black America and anyone who want to know the secrets of success. This book truly opened my eyes to the game. Although I had navigated the political minefields of Washington DC without it, if I had read this book before my journey, I would not have made some of the mistakes I made early on in my career. He gives you words and what they really mean when your boss or others say them. He shows you the levels of eliteness in this country and the whole slate of the world's elite. A recipe that could only come from someone who has been there.... I'm greatfull that he took the time to share.
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I have been in the business world for 15 years now and 4 of those were in a large corporation with a matrix environment. I struggled with a lot of the politics and comments that I did not always understand. When I was given the opportunity to become an AVP, the dynamics got much worse and the feedback did not make any sense. In fact in trying to be authentic, I went away from what I was being required to become, to what I felt was me and not them, to my detriment. I really wish I had read, understood and internalized this book years ago.

The book was an easy read, very clear and organized, and you can get to a chart and rate yourself eventually to find out where you stand. I did an average score for myself and it was very revealing. I think this is a must read for everyone in business who wants to climb the corporate ladder.

One caution I would have is that, as the book says, we have the choice to play the game or not. I really hope less and less people play the game, as, quite frankly, the upper class has to realize the world is changing, and they need to adapt to the changing world as well. Maybe this is just wishful thinking.
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As an African American corporate employee Harvey J. Coleman thought his failure to break through the glass ceiling was race related. After being passed over one too many times, he broke with corporate America expecting to write the quintessential how-it-should-be-if-I-was-white book of upward mobility. After doing the research, much to his surprise, what he found was surprisingly different than what he originally thought. Refreshingly candid, Coleman's, Empowering Yourself, outlines the unwritten and unspoken rules of upward mobility. And once you understand the selection process and how it really works, you'll have some amazing aha moments. Coleman sheds light on the murky and illusory subtle paths of success with the Performance 10%, Image 20% and Exposure 70% (PIE) school of thought. Essentially, his premise; "upward mobility happens from the top down," states that the selection process involves three elements of unequal proportion: Performance, the initial consideration, represents 10% of the grading process. The question asked is: Are you GREAT; not good, but great at what you do? Image is the second consideration and it represents 20% of the grading process. At this point the selection process gets sticky. The question asked: Is your image palpable? Would you want to sit next to Dennis Rodman to dinner party? Probably not! Exposure is the last and most important element representing 70% of the process; essentially, who you know and who knows you. For those who haven't been properly groomed expect your eyes to be opened because you will not see things same after reading this book. If read with Class, by Paul Fussell and The Unwritten Rules of Management, by William H. Swanson, you have the makings of nifty starting point. As Coleman says at the close of his book, "Now that you know the rules, let the games begin."
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