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Organizational experts Mauricio Goldstein and Philip Read argue that office games—those manipulative behaviors that distract employees from achieving their mission—are both conscious and unconscious. They can and should be effectively minimized. In Games at Work, the authors offer tools to diagnose the most common games that people play and outline a three-step process to effectively deal with them. Some of the games they explore include:
Gossip: engaging in the classic rumor mill to gain political advantage
Sandbagging: purposely low-balling sales forecasts as a negotiating ploy
Gray Zone: deliberately fostering ambiguity or lack of clarity about who should do what to avoid accountability
Filled with real-world, entertaining examples of games in action, Games at Work is an invaluable resource for managers and all professionals who want to substitute straight talk for games in their organizations and boost productivity, commitment, innovation, and—ultimately—the bottom line.
I found the book helpful to validate and deal with situations. Really tells how unproductive games are affecting the workplace.Published 18 months ago by Judy Zeller
It helped me out at work by, allowing me to see the games for what they are. Personally, I stay clear of the games playing by avoiding the culprits that have turned it into a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having a Batchler's Degree in Organizational Development and having experienced may of the games described personally, I must say this was a fascinating read for me. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by David A. Waters
I was very disappointed in this supposedly marvelous book. All the brilliant insights turned out to be just very ordinary stuff that happens everyday. I see them working though. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by john brown
this came very quickly and there were no issues. I have read portions and keep it at work so I can continue to look up specific behaviors.Published on April 26, 2013 by Leann Gilbreath
While some reviews thought this book was repetitive, I liked that it discussed a topic and then gave an example. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Robin Macknicki
Good articulation and summary of the various games played at companies. Would recommend... could be a bit more concise for 5 stars.Published on March 30, 2013 by MLL