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I Wish I'd Known That Earlier in My Career: The Power of Positive Workplace Politics Paperback – November 15, 2011
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"If The White House Project has anything to do with it, millions ofyoung women won't look back in retrospect to realize the lessons ofthis book after decades of believing the world is a meritocracy.Jane Horan has brilliantly captured one of the most importantlevers of leadership advancement—navigating the politics ofany environment."
—Tiffany Dufu President, The White House Project
"The world of work is a self-interested world, and that meanspolitics is always a factor. Jane Horan does a stunning jobclarifying whats going on and what you need to see and takeseriously. Her point: Politics is—neither good nor bad untilyou interact with them. She wants to help you make them a positive.After reading the advice she gives, I suggest you let her."
—Samuel A. Culbert Professor, UCLA Anderson School ofManagement, and Author (with Lawrence Rout) of Get Rid of thePerformance Review: How Companies Can Stop Intimidating, StartManaging and Focus On What Really Matters
"Using her many experiences, Jane Horan has managed in this bookto re-frame the way we think about politics—a critical yetundervalued leadership skill."
—Philippe Gas President and Chief Executive Officer,Euro Disney SAS
"Anyone working in an organization of more than one will benefitfrom this very readable book on "politics". Often a derogatoryterm, politics and the ability to understand and manage power is animportant leadership skill essential to getting things done andreaching goals for any organization. Readers will enjoy the manycase studies as they reflect on how they can improve their owninterpersonal skills."
—Professor Steven J. DeKrey Senior Associate Dean andDirector of Masters Programs, HKUST
"This book reveals what it means to be savvy within anorganization so that employees can build an authentic and thrivingcareer plan. More importantly, it motivates people to better alignand sell their innovative ideas. This should be a required text inMBA programs."
—Drew Boyd Executive Director, MS-Marketing Program,and Assistant Professor-Educator of Marketing and Innovation, CarlH. Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati
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Political savvy is a critical leadership skill and is always indemand.
Forget the negative connotations; reframe your thinking to amore constructive and positive definition ofpolitics—building coalitions for the good of theorganization. For anyone who wants to innovatively sell their ideasand move ahead in their career, work efficiently and maintain awork / life balance, it is vital to be fully engaged in thepolitical arena within the organization. It's not just individualswho need to adopt and learn these skills. Organizations can do moreto educate their employees on the benefits of being politicallysavvy, as retaining talented employees and developing ethicalleaders is essential for the long-term health of anyorganization.
The good news is that it is never too late to become more savvyand taking a more intentional approach to develop and shape yourcareer. Becoming savvy is not difficult to achieve, but it requiresa willingness to step out of comfort zones and confront deep-seatedfears and prejudices that may not even be recognizable!
Unlike other management-development skills, savvy can bepracticed immediately. The book is NOT about encouraging people tostart their own businesses, but rather how to stay in the company,understand how to work the system more strategically, betterunderstand power bases and corporate conversation more thoroughly.The book examines:
- Power Shifts – Mergers, Restructuring, and LeadershipChange
- Perception Management; who's saying what about you
- Performance Review; the role of politics and power
- Spoken Word: Culture, Gender and Misperception
- Subjugation Savvy; Control, Power and Sex
I Wish I'd Known This Earlier in My Career containsadvice and guidance on how to manage these and much, muchmore....
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- For a given project, success is much more likely if you can get stakeholder buy-in before you present to the key decision makers. Dealing with/explaining complex issues during a key presentation distracts from the main message, whereas gaining prior buy-in enables the attendees to focus on discussing innovative strategies to support the project
- Know your "personal story", i.e. practice your 30-second elevator pitch that describes what you do at the company, in case you bump into the CEO on an elevator and s/he asks you what you do at the company
- "Negative" politics aim to benefit the self (i.e. narcissist) whereas "positive" politics benefit the company
- Page 50: Gaining insight into perceiving comments and discussion at face value vs. potential underlying meanings and messages.
- Page 63: how to successfully transition into a new role relinquished by a "glorified" predecessor who was promoted (still with the company).
- Pages 90-94: how to manage your reputation if there is a gap between self perception and how others perceive you
- Communication tips (see pages 115-116 for details: prepare, ditch the tentative talk, goals and strategies provided on p.116 to enable you to contribute meaningfully to every meeting
There's much, much more, but I think it's really worth reading it.
A long overdue book for the Asian audience, Jane's provided her readers with real live examples which many of us in the Asia region can associate with.
The strong growth in the Asia region coupled with the huge influx of western investments created an unique environment where asian talents (both local and expats) had to delicately balance the expectations and perceptions of a management team half way round the globe. The same challenge exist in that western corporate office where the lack of cultural awareness often results in a feeling of "lost control".
"I Wish I'd Known That Earlier in My Career: The Power of Positive Workplace Politics" gives reader a real sense of awareness, openly calls out the existence of "Politics" which is still a taboo subject in many organisations; sets it in a cross-geographical setting, making it a very realistic book where everyone can associate with.
I strongly recommend the book to anyone who wish to succeed in a modern corporate environment, especially one that's working in Global MNC.
Personally, I've enjoyed reading the book, as it'd brought about a certain nostalgic feeling associating some of the characters with people I knew.
Also, there is a lot of value in adapting the learnings from the book, and incorporating them into the "Executive on-boarding" process. Given that a lot of investment had gone into identifying, and hiring process, the last thing we want is an attrition due to "politics"!
I remember when I was in college, we were given a few books to read before graduation, and I wish this one was a part of that bundle.
Give it a read, you’re sure to pick up a lot of helpful details to apply in your own life, no matter which stage you are in.
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