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Dear Office-Politics: the game everyone plays Paperback – April 30, 2009
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"Franke James... has produced a fun and informative guide... The book (which can also be played as a game) allows you to try your hand at playing HR guru as you confront one nasty political situation after another." --The Toronto Star: Ann Douglas, The Mother of All Parenting Blogs
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Dear Office-Politics, the game everyone plays
"Staff won't obey rules... I feel like a dictator."
"I was told to fix my hair because it's all 'wild' looking..."
"I know nothing about office politics and have made some horrible mistakes..."
"I have had firsthand experience with a backstabber... Please help!"
"We have one coworker whom the bosses dote on and she can do no wrong..."
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I have personally enjoyed the book and especially love the graphics! This was one of our most successful programs and the feedback from participants has been terrific! --- Shannon Warren, Founder, Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium
If there are more than two people in a room, politics is in play. Best we embrace the fact of office politics, and get good at it. Ignoring it won't make it go away, and being clumsy, coarse and aggressive with it only makes the workplace unbearable. Why not get better at office politics through something both playful and serious?
"Dear Office-Politics" is a social game that puts participants in the position of adviser. By attempting to answer ostensibly hypothetical but realistic dilemmas, players explore their own biases and assumptions, as well as those of other players (their coworkers).
The dilemmas included in the book are very good choices: often recognizable but never trivial. The advice that "Dear Office-Politics" offers to each dilemma (don't peek in the second part of the book or you'll spoil the game!) is thoughtful and balanced, reflecting that real-life, even at work, can't be lived by formula.
I think "Dear Office Politics" is an illuminating and entertaining way to explore how your team functions at work, how they can work better together.
I think the crux of it is that in most of these situations there is no good answer a book can give based on merely a letter.
Franke James is a very talented woman. Love her original artwork!