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Secrets to Winning at Office Politics: How to Achieve Your Goals and Increase Your Influence at Work

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Get Ahead, Gain Influence, Get What You Want

Office politics are an unavoidable fact of life in every workplace. To accomplish your personal and business goals, you must learn to successfully play the political game in your organization. Whether you are a new player or a seasoned veteran, Secrets to Winning at Office Politics can help you increase your personal power withou
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jacob O'connor
Jan 18, 2014 Jacob O'connor rated it it was amazing
Many role playing games will start you off by letting you decide what kind of player you will be. For instance, you could be a strong barbarian, a wise wizard, or a fleet- footed archer. You're given a certain amount of attribute points, and you put them in the category for the type of character you want.

With all these books I'm reading, I've been trying to build up my interpersonal and political attributes.

If you've ever been undermined in the office, you must read this book.

If you've ever been
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Corrie Engelbrecht
Jun 11, 2015 Corrie Engelbrecht rated it it was amazing
Terrible title, but everything in this book is true. it's more about software skills than anything else, and I've recommended it to all of my team members.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Mar 17, 2013 Jeann (Happy Indulgence) rated it it was amazing
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If the world of office politics has ever confused or befuddled you, then this is the book that will put everything on the table. Wish we all got handed a copy of this as a graduation present so we'd be readily equipped for the office environment. I found it containing logical explanations and practical advice and hopefully will be better equipped in the future. Everyone can benefit from this, whether you use it in your personal or professional life.

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Magdalene Lim
Jun 07, 2016 Magdalene Lim rated it liked it
Alongside Twilight and 50 Shades of Gray, this is not one book that you want to be seen reading. Especially in the office. HAHA. Because as McIntyre says, "Playing politics is like having sex. Almost everybody does it, but nobody is comfortable discussing exactly what they do."

However, while the title is very catchy, the book doesn't teach one to be catty, play a political game at the office or how to win at the reality TV show, "Survivor". Rather, the title "How to be a Better Employee" would b
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Prateek Gupta
Jul 23, 2015 Prateek Gupta rated it it was amazing
Everyone working should read this. The title may be inapt but majority of the things you can find in your office environment
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Soyeongun
Jun 13, 2016 Soyeongun rated it did not like it
This book, seems to me is more focused on "What..." while the title starts with "How...". I was not able to find what I needed.
Mary
Jan 14, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it
I can't say I read this one from cover to cover, but I found it really useful for framing some of my thoughts around office politics. It really is all about power and leverage, in most work places, anyway. This book helped me to think about some of my more challenging coworkers in a new light, and for that I give it four stars!
P.J. LaRue
I thought this book was very generic. And for someone with a PhD, you'd think the author would find a better name for a group of people she called Dimwits. The last two chapters were the most helpful. I wouldn't have stuck it out through the whole book if it weren't assigned as part of a class project.
Jennifer
Jul 13, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
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This book is well written and easy to understand. It has some great advice. Be ready to assess yourself. Be ready to realize you might need to make some personal changes. I will keep this book as a reference. I will probably reread it to refresh myself.
Cody Sexton
Jul 28, 2014 Cody Sexton rated it really liked it
This is one of the better, and certainly the most practical, books I've read when it comes to describing the game and the players involved. A must read for everyone.
Candice
May 02, 2012 Candice rated it liked it
Useful, but not groundbreaking. Maybe I have read too many books on this subject.
Mary Anne
Jun 27, 2009 Mary Anne rated it really liked it
One of the best business books I've read in a long time.
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“Typically, we use the term “playing politics” only to describe our colleagues’ behavior—never our own. They are sucking up, scheming, and manipulating, but we are building relationships, developing strategies, and opening communication channels.” 1 likes
“Many people feel that playing the political game involves devious plotting or blatant self-promotion. But in reality, “politics” is what naturally happens whenever people with different goals, interests, and personalities try to work together.” 1 likes
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