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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (June 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312332181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312332181
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A terrific new book about office politics . . . it's a must-read!" -- Fortune Magazine,online careers column, August 2005

"Fresh, thoughtful, and provocative . . .McIntyre has written one of the best guidebooks to date on this subject for career-oriented professionals." -- The Albuquerque Tribune, October 2005

"Practical advice and self-assessment questions and surveys make the book a gem. . . . It's a keeper!" -- Gwinnett Business Journal (Atlanta, GA), September, 2005

"Thorough and thoughtful, [the author] is no Pollyanna and has a realistic understanding of how things really work and why." -- The Miami Herald, August 6, 2005

"[Helps people] focus on actions that will move them towards their goals and gain leverage within the organization." -- Atlanta Business Chronicle, January, 2006

Teaches readers how to size up the political climate . . . and deal with quirky bosses and co-workers who are downright difficult. -- New York Post (online), November 2005

About the Author

Marie G. McIntyre, Ph.D. operates a career coaching business in Atlanta, GA, and the website YourOfficeCoach.com .  She is the author of two books - Secrets to Winning at Office Politics and The Management Team Handbook - and writes a newspaper column, Your Office Coach, for the McClatchy-Tribune News Service.  Her column appears in papers throughout the United States and Canada. 

Marie's advice is frequently quoted in print and online publications, including Fortune, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, CNN International, Money, Canadian Business, The Street, Men's Health, LifetimeTV.com, and many others.  She conducts national webinars for Business Management Daily, Business 21, and other business resource companies.

In her business, Marie focuses on career coaching, leadership development, conflict resolution, and teambuilding.  Through phone coaching sessions and email, she works with clients from throughout the United States and many parts of the world.  She has taught classes and leadership workshops at Georgia State University, Emory University, and the University of Georgia. 

Marie previously held management positions in both business and government, including Director of Human Resources in a Fortune 500 company. She has more than twenty years' experience in management, leadership development, and career coaching.

More About the Author

Marie G. McIntyre, Ph.D. operates a career coaching business in Atlanta, GA, and the website YourOfficeCoach.com . She is the author of two books - Secrets to Winning at Office Politics and The Management Team Handbook - and writes a newspaper column, Your Office Coach, for the McClatchy-Tribune News Service. Her column appears in papers throughout the United States and Canada.

Marie's advice is frequently quoted in print and online publications, including Fortune, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, CNN International, Money, Canadian Business, The Street, Men's Health, LifetimeTV.com, and many others. She conducts national webinars for Business Management Daily, Business 21, and other business resource companies.

In her business, Marie focuses on career coaching, leadership development, conflict resolution, and teambuilding. Through phone coaching sessions and email, she works with clients from throughout the United States and many parts of the world. She has taught classes and leadership workshops at Georgia State University, Emory University, and the University of Georgia.

Marie previously held management positions in both business and government, including Director of Human Resources in a Fortune 500 company. She has more than twenty years' experience in management, leadership development, and career coaching.

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I would highly recommend this to anyone who is in an office environment.
Eliyah27
If you are emotionally healthy and you think your work life is going okay, this book will remind you how to behave in certain situations at work.
Leo Tolstoy
Refreshingly blunt and full of practical information, the book is clearly and concisely written, and easily understood.
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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful By K Meyer on August 1, 2005
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The title of Chapter One in Secrets to Winning at Office Politics says it all, "Politics is not a dirty word." Office politics has always had a negative connotation but in reality it has just taken a bad rap. Secrets reminds us that office politics is simply the reality of relationships and Dr. Marie McIntyre shows us all how to play the game - honestly, ethically and successfully.

McIntyre uses real life examples from her experience working for a Fortune 500 company and her consulting business to give the reader an excellent view of the real world at the office. Her straightforward yet entertaining style is refreshing and her practical advice and self-assessment questions and surveys make the book a gem.

Secrets lays out in very practical and anecdotal style how one can succeed simply by understanding the unwritten rules of working with and for someone. What is unique about the book is the openness with which the subject is discussed - the real life examples are those we can all relate to as an employee, a boss, a parent, a teacher or a friend. It provokes a kind of self-evaluation that some people never seriously consider.

Give this book to every high school or college graduate you know! If you are the boss, read it, and then encourage your employees to do the same. It's a keeper.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michelle E. Landreth on April 16, 2008
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This book has changed my work life for the better. I feel more comfortable at work now because I have more realistic expectations and I feel prepared for difficult 'office politics' situations. The book is interesting and offers real-life situations that I can relate to.

Pretty much everyone has to contend with Office Politics in their job at some point or other. It often doesnt matter who is wrong and who is right in offices, but how a situation is handled. Can you think of a time when you know you should have handled a situation differently, but are unsure what you should have done? Can you think of a time when you lost leverage because of your own actions? Be honest. We all have shot ourselves in the foot. Why stay ignorant? Come into the light!

I love this book. My sister cant wait to read it after I'm done.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R. Symonds on September 2, 2009
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For the longest time, office politics for me was like an incomprehensible and invisible current running throughout the company. Something slippery that I couldn't grasp--even though it permeated and affected everything. The result was many politically boneheaded moves on my part. I spent a lot of time frustrated when trying to get things done that involved other people. I was continually perplexed at how people showing little skill could gain huge amounts of destructive influence. And more perplexed at how these people could retain their influence even after creating failure after failure within an organization.

Office politics are a fact of life. It doesn't matter if you like them or not. It doesn't matter if you think politics are amoral or wrong. It doesn't matter if you think things should be different. Similar to the way gravity is a fact of life, whether you like it or not or think it should be different. The simple fact is that office politics exist and they affect you.

This book is a tightly written guide to understanding them and using them. As soon as I got into the book, a lot of things that had left me puzzled over the years became clear. And the landscape of politics, past and present, that previously seemed hidden came into plain view. The author is very adept at breaking everything down into easily understood concepts. I also like that the book has exercises to help you assess your political strengths and weaknesses and develop political skill in a variety of areas.

Some people seem to have an innate understanding of office politics. I didn't. Many don't. Those of us that don't have that understanding will find ourselves at the mercy of those that do. This book can put us on the right track to achieving the same level of political savvy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Sen White on January 4, 2011
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I was recommended this book by a successful working professional. I found that this book is very straighforward and honest in discussing the personalities, power, and dynamics of work environments. In parallel, I read "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carenegie. While Carnegie's book is useful in dealing with "most people", McIntyre's is better: it aknowledges that there are friends, colleagues, adveraries, and potential enemies. Having aknowledged this, she presents effective and useful strategies thay have been found to work in most situations. McIntyre also corretly states that there wil be situations where the only effective solution is to have an exit strategy and a clear and defined alternative goal.

I cannot stress enough how useful the advice presented in this book is for personal relationships as well. Read the book and subsitute the words "workplace", "colleague", "manager", with "circle of friends", "friend", and "friend of circle of friends who as more power than you do". The same concepts apply. Carnegie's book unfortunatley does not acknowledge that there are toxic people in the professional and personal world, and if taken at face value one may be in danger of being a push over. McIntyre's book, on the other hand, calls a spade a spade and provides solutions that, if incorporated over time, will generally improve your professional and personal life.
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