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Diffuse conflict, avoid negativity, and create a productive workplace

In The Office Survival Guide, clinical psychologist and executive coach Marilyn Puder-York offers practical solutions to the common problems that can ruin a career or simply make office life miserable. This book includes examples from real-life offices thatyou can adapt to your situation, and shows you how to "manage up" to problematic supervisors, "manage down" to difficult subordinates, and "manage across" to troublesome peers. In no time at all, you'll be better able to deal with

* Office politics * Crisis-management situations * Passive-aggressive colleagues * Corporate restructures * Mixed signals from superiors * New technologies in the office

"Every employee wants to know what are the secrets to getting ahead.  Marilyn Puder-York nails it with practical, how-to tips, ideas and solutions.  This should be a MUST read whether you are 26 or 46."--Cathleen Black, president of Hearst Magazines

"A real find!! Sound and powerful advice for surviving office difficulties."--Maggie Gagliardi, Senior Vice President, Human Resources American Express Company

"Marilyn Puder-York has made an extremely positive impact on our ability to retain talented people in our organization."--Douglas Stern, President/CEO, United Media

About the Author


Marilyn Puder-York, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and consultant for numerous Fortune 500 companies on workplace behavior. Visit her website www.theofficesurvivialguide.com
Andrea Thompson is a former magazine editor and the co-author of twelve nonfiction books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071462031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071462037
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Fenton on January 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is filled with the kind of insights and advice that anyone who is trying to thrive -- not just survive -- in a 21st-century office environment can begin putting to use immediately. The suggestions and ideas contained within are real-world, nuts-and-bolts tools that help avoid problems, resolve issues, and build the kind of consensus that will allow you and your whole team to move forward. Today, more than ever, interpersonal skills are an essential component of business success. Without them, your career can be over before it begins. Ironically, however, we all seem to get less training and less preparation in this vital area than ever before. This book can help close that gap. Put it on the bookshelf where you keep the essential volumes that you come back to over and over again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dyna Mite on March 5, 2006
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This isn't just about the "other" people in business that you & I need to get along with. It's also about "us," why we respond as we do to particular other personalities and situations, plus practical guidelines to increase the chances of success. An easy & engaging read. Don't keep this book on your shelf: buy it, read it, and keep it under your pillow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David R. Tisdale, II on November 8, 2009
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I found this book extremely helpful. I'm a programmer who tends to be very results-oriented and not always concerned with the soft side of business. This book helped me to understand how to approach various sticky office situations. More importantly, the book greatly emphasized the importance of those soft skills as they relate to overall success in my career.

The book really has two strengths in my opinion. The first is that it emphasizes both internal and external analysis of the given office political situations. The author guides you through the process of stepping back from the situation and exploring first the internal factors that drove you to arrive at your initial emotional reaction. The author spends a lot of time encouraging you to think about your past, how you were raised, and your relationships with your siblings. That line of thinking makes sense, as many of those behaviors will often determine how we deal with the rest of life.

The author then forces you to examine external factors in the given situation. For example, is the super-competitive coworker really out to ruin your career, or is he secretly insecure and afraid that he'll lose his job? Is your boss really a good guy who's under a lot of stress and therefore acting a little irrationally, or is he a destructive narcissist who doesn't care who he hurts on his way to the top? Examining these external drivers for office politics helps you remove yourself from the visceral emotions of the moment.

The second thing I really like is the explanation that once you've graduated past the lower levels of your chosen profession, how well you "play politics" is just as important to the success of your career as your technical proficiency.
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