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Enlightened Office Politics Paperback – July 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0814470657 ISBN-10: 0814470653 Edition: 1st
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Editorial Reviews

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“Readers find positive reasons to play the office politics game and learn why it’s in their best interest to do so if they want the hard, honest work they do to be properly appreciated and recognized.”

--Bank Teller's Report



“Readers are likely to take away several lessons from the book, among them the idea that having a good relationship and good relationship skills are crucial.”

--Chicago Tribune



“This powerful book leads you to understand the battlefield, to analyze the other players and to get and use power.”

--Orlando Sentinel

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael S. Dobson is an author, consultant, and popular seminar leader in communications, project management, and personal success. Deborah S. Dobson is vice president of human resources at GATX Terminals in Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1st edition (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814470653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814470657
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Weiss on July 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
What are the forces in the workplace that can make or break your career? How can one deal effectively with situations ranging from water-cooler chats to conferences in your boss' office? How can one navigate more smoothly office politics and power plays? What is the difference between lying and spin-doctoring? These are some of the questions authors Michael and Deborah Dobson attempt to answer in this book which is loaded with career survival tips. Here are a few of their postulates: "Deal with the way things are, not the way you think they ought to be"; "Live your principles and life, not everyone else's"; "Be honest, or be quiet"; "Respect those who oppose you".Read the book, and step more confidently over those subtle and not so subtle traps in the corporate battle arena. The book illustrates much of what you may encounter, and is a helpful tool in preparing you for those experiences. After reading this book, continue your enlightenment with, "How To Master Change in Your Life" by Mary Carroll Moore. Both books contain practical and timely information.
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What distinguishes this book from the competition is the authors' commitment to an ethical, principled approach to the political game, which I found to be refreshing and positive. So often, the choice is presented as "stop worrying about being nice and get out there and win!" Instead, the Dobsons show why having principles, being honest, and treating others with dignity and respect can be a source of political strength and effective results, and why the archetypical Machiavellian office politician often comes to a bad end.
The second quality of this book I liked was its emphasis on how to adapt its general guidelines to your specific situations, which it did through a series of exercises, questionnaires, and worksheets. They took some serious effort on my part to complete, because they were quite challenging. I had to think through my own goals, the goals of other people, and the circumstances that described my office environment. At the end, however, I felt that I had a much clearer picture of what was going on, why it was going on, and what I could do about it. I would definitely encourage you to invest time in the exercises.
The third quality of the book that appealed to me was the easy and personal writing style. The Dobsons have a warm, intimate conversational tone, and I felt that they explained clearly and effectively how organizations worked, where politics fit into the picture, and how you could turn it into a positive force on behalf of your goals.
In a world where cynicism and power hunger drives people toward short-term gain, it is heartening to see a potentially negative topic such as office politics treated as a positive, ethical, and potentially uplifting force. I recommend this book.
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I really enjoyed this book. The strategies and concepts can easily be applied to any workplace environment since corporate politics exist everywhere in any business and these traits are not learned in a classroom setting. They must be practiced and perfected over time and this book will assist you in developing your corporate political traits.
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