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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (April 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439230544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439230541
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.3 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Trevor Rotzien on December 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
The workplace, more than anything, is a collection of interactions between people, and people who likely have only partial choice in who surrounds them and who they must depend upon. With our inevitable differences, getting along, let alone thriving, is hardly guaranteed.

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.
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Honestly, this is a tough topic to write a book about. The advice however is usually the same and not very creative. Tends to just be A) try to turn enemies in to friends, B) go to HR [generally I call this terrible advice]. I was going to look up some more examples to prove my point but just realized I actually threw my copy away.

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.
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If you've ever read "Dear Office Politics" and thought "I would have handled that differently" this book is a chance to put in your two-cents worth without risking your year-end bonus. The front cover (surrounded by sharks) and the back cover (back stabber) are just a sample of the fun and funny photos and illustrations inside. I enjoyed thumbing through the book even before I played the game. Then I played it with a group of friends, some of whom have and some have not worked in the corporate environment. It was a revelation to all of us! (Full disclosure, I have never worked for a corporation and this book was proof positive that I made the right decision. I would have been fired the first week.)
Franke James is a very talented woman. Love her original artwork!
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