From Publishers Weekly
Showing how to break complex office politics down into its simpler emotional parts, USC management professor Reardon eschews canned advice and cuts to the neediness and manipulation that define many workdays. Using hyper-realistic, no-nonsense sample dialogues that contain everything from colleagues who blindside to shoot-the-messenger bosses, she demonstrates how to shade language, alter timing and shift tone in a plethora of complex situations. More long-term advice includes engaging in advance planning, forming relationships and developing prepared responses to common situations, but Reardon freshens these chestnuts by treating them as the very difficult tasks they really are. The consistent use of an intentionally cheesy single character throughout the book, "Reginald Strongbrow," illustrates the path of a person from political naïveté to astuteness. While acknowledging that political strategy and intuition do not come naturally to most, Reardon's behaviorist approach and realistic expectations ring true and are carried off with a directed sensibility. (June)
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Praise for It's All Politics
"In her new book, It's All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren't Enough, Reardon provides practical techniques to help break down office politics. Her no-nonsense approach focuses on gaining political intuition and advancing in the workplace."
--U.S. News & World Report
"Reardon not only shows people how to get ahead by using the practiced skills of master politicians, but she also demonstrates the proper use of those skills to maintain high professional standards. Her clear descriptions of the issues and answers surrounding politics make her insights understandable and actionable."
--Soundview Executive Book Summaries
"Finally! A book that elevates the concept of workplace politics to where it belongs -- the top of the list of skills needed for sustained success."
-- Lois P. Frankel, PhD, author of Nice Girls Don't Get Rich
"This is Reardon's most important book and a terrific read. She makes a brilliant case for a new and important force in the workplace, political intelligence. Understanding this force is vital for success."
--Warren Bennis, author of On Becoming a Leader
Acclaim for Kathleen Kelley Reardon's The Secret Handshake:
"Full of practical advice, illustrated by the kinds of point-making stories that they tell in business schools...I liked The Secret Handshake so much I gave a copy to my daughter."
--The Boston Globe
"The Secret Handshake is like a crash course in Business Psychology 101 . . . Reardon writes crisply and to the point . . . You owe it to yourself to read her book."