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Games At Work: How to Recognize and Reduce Office Politics Hardcover – April 20, 2009
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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:
- Gotcha: identifying and communicating others' mistakes in an effort to win points from higher-ups
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Besides the elucidative definition of the different situations, tricks and traps of the corporate world --and the brilliant ways that one can work around or escape them-- "Games at work" is a fun, catching read!
Mind opening for everyone.
The difficult choice for everyone, whether "to play" is presented clearly and with compelling support. Although the decision remains fundamentally challenging, the authors present a useful way to think about it.
This is a fascinating read for anyone who works in or with a large organization today.
The authors describe twenty-two of the most common games for all of us to see. Thus, gossip, or gotcha grandstanding come alive with details and stories of how they work at work.
While many employees say "I don't do office politics" even pretending not to see what is going on or avoiding the group at the water cooler,this book shows how we can all be caught in this daily game.
The authors offer ways to get beyond this time consuming and mostly upsetting way to be at work. I do believe they have made a useful contribution to team dynamics and are a great step in the direction of making work a more user friendly environment.
Sylvia Lafair, author "Don't Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns that Limit Success"
At this moment, when we've looked for new models and ways to understand and copy with organzaitional life, I read this book with pleasure and excitment
It's a very good "map" to identify our unconsciouness and invisible dynamics that make us feel weak. People and organizations. The authors have created a comprehensive tour of the forces that suround our life in organizations
As we live in a time of big transformations, is necessary to think about and to find creative forms to build new dynamics that helps us to bring back our basic humanity.
This is another essencal building block to understand human behavior
I particularly enjoyed the way it links the Games, mapping them, detecting the "Games DNA" and preparing the action plan to dismantle these informal breaks for the company.
With their research, Goldstein and Read have developed a new concept. I really like the idea of their website [...] it gives more info and continues the reflection beyond the book through the discussion.
As I came into the games description and their interconnections in a complex Ecology, I could remember many situations I've lived along my career as a communication executive. The difference is that in the past everybody plays games, but the games seemed to work. Nowadays, where change is not a circumstance any more, but a condition, and talent people don't stay in a company which they don't really believe in and identify with, any question regarded to organizational culture can strongly impact internal environment and business results and certainly must have the attention from leaders.
Goldstein and Read give us a simple and comprehensive language for all those political games practiced at work - any work, any company, any place. By doing that, naming what it hadn't any name yet, they also give us the opportunity to bring the games to the consciousness - and that is the first and maybe the most important step for changing.
As I 've been working as a business and human development consultant, the book helps me to help people to identify the games and to make a new choice, a choice of not playing them anymore.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the book helpful to validate and deal with situations. Really tells how unproductive games are affecting the workplace.Published 20 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 23 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