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It's All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren't Enough

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As management professor and consultant Kathleen Reardon explains in her new book, It's All Politics, talent and hard work alone will not get you to the top. What separates the winners from the losers in corporate life is politics.

As Reardon explains, the most talented and accomplished employees often take a backseat to their politically adept coworkers, losing ground in th
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Crown Business (first published June 28th 2005)
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Jason Lafond
I have tried to read many business self-help books and never seem to get through any of them. I did get through this one albeit in small doses. I found the book interesting and helpful. It gave a lot of examples of typical political situations and different methods of handling them. Quite often the suggested/preferred method was taking the high-road with confidence and a sprinkle of don't f with me. Overall I liked it. Depending on the point at which you are in your career and the office politic ...more
I can’t begin to tell you how helpful this book is. This is another book that seems to put everything together. In this case, political dealings at work. Some of the things in here seem like common sense. Don’t be too self-deprecating; don’t let people set you up as the scapegoat. Make sure you think ahead. Some things are far more subtle. When it talks about how to respond to attacks, whether to be straightforward or laid-back. I also like how this book tries to take on the stereotype that all ...more
Steve Stegman
Kathleen Kelley Reardon's book, It's All Politics, at first blush appears to be a trite self help book. The title and the first three chapters do much to cement that perception for the reader. And yet if you try hard to get past the first chapters, you may find some useful principles for use. Here' s a summary of her principles. In the book she gives several good examples of how to practice these.

Political Advantage #1: Political intuition is not uncanny clairvoyance but rather uncanny attentive
A great guide to becoming politically (and career) savvy

This practical book discusses one of the sad realities of business: Often, competent people do not get promoted, because they lack political intelligence. In their place, less capable people ascend into executive suites simply because they have developed business intelligence, and know how to use the politics that exist inside any organization. That’s why many people rightfully think that “who you know, not what you know” determines career
The book is a very easy read. If you are inept at politics - or if you think you need improvement - I can think of no better book. It is full of examples and ideas that are fully developed. There are only a handful of times when a statement is not followed to completion. Even then, if you stop for a minute you will be able fill in the gaps.

I recommend the book be read piecemeal. Take your time with it. Make a study of it. You'll want to re-read it like a Dale Carnegie book.
A thoughtful read. Yes, I am a sense. I thought (skipping along) that my work and efforts would open any door and speak for me. This book represented for me the need to assert myself more, that it takes much more than 'simply' hard work and effort in todays world.
Finally, with this book, and some other books by the author, I 'got a clue' and I am going to use it!
Insightful. Though my current work environment isn't pathologically or even highly political, the issues raised here are still of importance.
This is a very good primer on office politics.
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