Reardon, an academic and business consultant, describes her book as a journey to help the reader become better informed, better armed, more confident, and considerably more adept at mastering the interpersonal politics of work. In her view, political savvy is a prerequisite for the inner circle, even more so than job competence. Through information gleaned from hundreds of interviews of CEOs, senior managers, and high achievers during her 20 years of consulting, she explains the role of politics in organizations and provides ideas for gaining admission to the inner circle. Topics covered by the author include knowing your political style and when to change it, forming relationships the politically savvy way, the art of conversational politics, creating positional power, and managing conflict and cultivating influence. Although many will not agree with all of the author's theories and advice, she is probably correct when she states that politics is the way things work in most organizations. This book is thought provoking and offers valuable insight. Mary WhaleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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Acclaim for The Secret Handshake:
"I read a little bit and I was hooked...The book is full of practical advice, illustrated by the kinds of point-making stories that they tell in business schools: knowing your own political style (and when to change it), forming relationships, recognizing political 'naturals,' managing conflict, creating niches, defusing heavyhanded games. Most of her strategies emphasize constructive engagement. I liked The Secret Handshake so much I gave a copy to my daughter."
-- The Boston Globe
"A gold mine of strategy and information... (The Secret Handshake) shows readers how they, too, can place themselves in the inner circle. The author, a management professor and corporate consultant, has written a fascinating book -- that helps shine a light on the sometimes murky world of corporate politics."
-- The Dallas Morning News"Goes beyond figuring out how to survive Dilbert-like irritations of cubicle cunning. This isn't how to be sneaky, how to sabotage, how to sink someone else. This is more geared to the truly ambitious who hope to make it to the inner circle...The Secret Handshake is like a crash course in Business Psychology 101...Reardon writes crisply and to the point, and her all-business style fits her subject perfectly."
"Best of the Month...selection for best career tool...While insisting that you refuse to play politics might be a good career strategy, everyone who works is a politician and you might as well be good at it."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune"Even if you don't yearn for the highest ranks and the Secret Handshake, this book can't help but smooth your path through the organizational life."
--Baton Route Business Report