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"Bennett and Miles present a novel, interesting discussion about how one can achieve higher levels of career success by employing the key concepts of game theory . . . Recommended."—D. C. Martin, CHOICE


"Amidst a crowded field of career guides, Bennett and Miles offer a fresh and innovative perspective on how individuals achieve career success, based solidly upon economic research. Your Career Game is written in an accessible and engaging manner and offers readers intelligent career strategies to help them compete successfully in today's dynamic career marketplace."—Monique Valcour, Professor of Management, EDHEC Business School


"The game is on—study these lessons and win at your career!"—Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There, Succession: Are You Ready? and the upcoming MOJO


"This pragmatic approach to understanding your career is evergreen—no matter the economic conditions there will always be tough competition for the best jobs."—Ram Charan, co-author of best-selling book Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and author of Leadership in the Era of Uncertainty

About the Author

Nathan Bennett is the Catherine W. and Edwin A. Wahlen Professor of Management at Georgia Tech's College of Management. He is active as a consultant through his firm, Red Buoy Consulting, LLC. Stephen A. Miles is the Vice Chairman, Leadership Advisory within Heidrick & Struggles' Leadership Consulting Practice. He is also a key member of Heidrick & Struggles' CEO and Board Practice, and is a member of the firm's management committee.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Business Books; 1 edition (March 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804756287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804756280
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KBPAQ on June 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. I have always struggled with moving from where I think I want my career to go and how to actually get there. I have done the "parachute" thing and read other books on career management but this book really helped me understand how to move things from theory to action. Not only did it help build the base I need to understand game theory, which we all play everyday without even knowing it, it provided the tools to apply the concepts to managing my career. There is a section on how to best leave a position as well. This is something I have tried to do well but I see now that I can do it better, which will help my reputation and legacy and the organization from which I departed; all important things for me. I also liked how the book explains it's not what one talks about in interviews with respect to 'critical success factors' or 'knowledge, skills, and abilities' but rather the employ of these skills to their greatest benefit for my career plan. For me the interviews used in the book to illustrate points bring things from theory to practice. I understand what worked and what did not work when these enormously successful people played their games and can employ that information as I play mine. Lastly, as a manager and game player, I have and will continue to compete and work with people from all walks of life and generations. The insights offered about the younger generations and how they approach the game will help me better strategize their moves as a player. As a manger, I will have a better understanding of the way these generations approach their careers and work. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Griffin on June 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As someone who has searched for many jobs (within and outside of my original industry), and made various moves - this book finally addresses what it takes to get ahead and how to address the challenges of the "competitive landscape"! We typically only think about getting the job and then naturally getting promoted through good work, and don't think about what other factors we need to be considering (such as the mentoring relationships we need to be developing and how to get noticed in your role to get ahead#. Even better, the book contains extensive interviews from a diverse array of successful executives whose own careers are not only educational, but inspiring. As we see a new generation enter the workforce in one of the most challenging economies the world has seen #as well as see individuals have to restart their careers in a new industry), this book is also a tool for getting to that next step. This book changes how you think about your career - it's no longer a simple game of checkers, it's a game of chess and you have to be strategic to get ahead!
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that you need to read and then re-read every year or two. It doesn’t have a great deal of surprises in it, but it encourages to step back a little from your present job and think longer term, to think of your present job and just one part of a career. You will probably change jobs several times, perhaps with different companies, perhaps just as you advance in one company. The basic tenant of the book is to use game theory to help you achieve what you want. Game theory is a fairly recent development in the analysis of business. It offers some new ways of thinking and viewing the world.

What you’ll find here is good solid tips about how to succeed, how to evaluate where you are and where you want to go. You need to re-read it every so often to remind yourself of the points you forgot since the last reading.
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By paul on March 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was given a copy by the author, but after reading the book, I had to secure a hard copy for my study so I could lend the paperback out to my staff. In my role, I spend a great deal of time developing entry level staff and management. The book provides great insight and personal accounts into the many strategies one my adopt in an effort to advance in their career. Not only is the author one heck of a guy, he also provides some excellent advice. I am looking forward to his next book, he has made a lasting impression on me, both through his book and his workshops.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Banks on June 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A must-read for anyone who is considering changing careers, or for those lucky enough to get this book before they have set off on their career path. Excellent insight into the steps one can take to widen your professional network, and to increase your desirability to employers and partners. And in this economy, when the question all too often is not "is this person qualified?" but "is this person the most qualified?", this book is even more important.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hines on June 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My first comment is that I wish I had the chance to read this book earlier in my career. The book offers a different way for thinking about career choices than anything else I have seen - a more systematic and strategic way. I also enjoyed the executive interviews and the career advice they shared. That was unique, too. This is a great read for anyone who is early in their career - it will help you think smarter about your choices.
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