Showing how to break complex office politics down into its simpler emotional parts, USC management professor Reardon eschews canned advice and cuts to the neediness and manipulation that define many workdays. Using hyper-realistic, no-nonsense sample dialogues that contain everything from colleagues who blindside to shoot-the-messenger bosses, she demonstrates how to shade language, alter timing and shift tone in a plethora of complex situations. More long-term advice includes engaging in advance planning, forming relationships and developing prepared responses to common situations, but Reardon freshens these chestnuts by treating them as the very difficult tasks they really are. The consistent use of an intentionally cheesy single character throughout the book, "Reginald Strongbrow," illustrates the path of a person from political naïveté to astuteness. While acknowledging that political strategy and intuition do not come naturally to most, Reardon's behaviorist approach and realistic expectations ring true and are carried off with a directed sensibility. (June)
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"Finally! A book that elevates the concept of workplace politics to where it belongs -- the top of the list of skills needed for sustained success."
If you want to know why things happen on the job the way that they do with staff, this book is a must read to all your questions. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Veronica Willis
Very well done, I am using this in my senior elective class.Published 11 months ago by John E. Highbarger
As a newly promoted director, I was looking for information to help me navigate the world of upper management. I found this book very useful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Laura Arndt
I have struggled with the politics of the corporate world. This books serves as a great checklist of things that one should be mindful of in daily conduct. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Storm Chaser
This book is a treasure, explaining everything you need to know about people's mind and how to handle them.
You've gone to school or maybe work with That Guy or That Girl. The one who ballet dances through the social minefields, while you make do with a pogo stick. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Jeffrey Deutsch
I don't blame the author for creating this work culture. I do blame her for perpetuating it and giving advice to ignore some glaring ethical lapses. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by James McCormack
I really had high hopes for this book but had a hard time getting started. It made me ill from the beginning. Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by Vagabond