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Survival of the Savvy: High-Integrity Political Tactics for Career and Company Success

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Two of the nation's most successful corporate leadership consultants now reveal their proven, systematic program for using the power of "high-integrity" politics to achieve career success, maximize team impact, and protect the company's reputation and bottom line.

Each day in business, a corporate version of "survival of the fittest" is played out. Power plays, turf battles
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 6th 2004 by Free Press (first published 2004)
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Ron
Nov 11, 2015 Ron rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent career development book about the very real existence (and importance)of office politics. Removing the negative connotation around politics, it walks the Under Political people through the importance of reputation, relationships, and the "buzz" that makes up your personal brand at work. It also has a lot of very practical tips on how not to trigger problems when interacting with Overly Political people in the workplace.

The two most helpful takeaways for me were:
1. There's a
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Kara
Mar 01, 2012 Kara rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, business
If things in this book sound surprising, you may not belong in business.

It's basically saying that you need to be emotionally intelligent: read the situation and people around you and act appropriately.

It was too fluffy for me, and I would've appreciated more statistics, actual case studies, and real (and less fluffy) examples.

I also thought some of the suggestions of how to respond to overly political people were just ludicrous. Here's an example of how the book recommends you respond if someo
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Cori
Nov 06, 2012 Cori rated it really liked it
I took this training course at work and skimmed through the book. The examples are somewhat difficult to relate to, but I think there are a number of good ideas in the book. Nothing ground breaking, but if you feel like you aren't being fully effective at work this book has some great practical suggestions.
Tommy
Feb 02, 2008 Tommy marked it as read_me_piles
Not sure how appealing the premise truly is --- political tactics to ensure your career success? Sounds like brown-nosing and sniping to me.
Erin
Jan 30, 2014 Erin rated it it was ok
I found the beginning third of the book helpful. After that, some of the advice made me cringe. I give it a strong meh.
Heather Thomas
Aug 29, 2012 Heather Thomas rated it really liked it
Great practical ideas that are easy to implement and help increase your influence in the work place.
Andy Johnson
Apr 11, 2013 Andy Johnson rated it liked it
Made the case for politicking well.
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