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Games at Work: How to Recognize & Reduce Office Politics

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
"A terrific read not only for senior leaders and executives but also for employees seeking growth in complex organizations. Goldstein and Read dissect the interpersonal dynamics that affect a company's performance, provide a framework to understand the games that are commonly played in businesses around the world, and offer practical tools to correct these behaviors and im ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Jossey-Bass (first published March 30th 2009)
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Jay Roberts
Aug 09, 2011 Jay Roberts rated it liked it
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I once had a manager that kept telling me I had to learn to play the game. Every one on one we had, I was told I needed to play the game. I thought I was at work, and shouldn’t be wasting my time with games. Eventually, that manager just left the company. Actually, several great managers and people left the company. The people that remained were the ones playing the game. And that’s what this book is about. How damaging games are to a company. When employees focus their efforts on games rather t ...more
Movses Juharian
Jan 13, 2013 Movses Juharian rated it really liked it
Good read with interesting examples. Game playing is inherent to human nature, which may be exacerbated within stressful and bureaucratic organizations. Game playing is at its worst when employee roles and responsibilities are unclear, in which case games fill the vacuum created by the lack of clarity stemming from the immense vertical authoritarian management structures. Those who have worked in large organizations will already be familiar with most of the material covered in this book. After b ...more
Oct 15, 2015 Eduardo rated it really liked it
The book is really easy to read with several practical cases explained about the types of games you usually find inside companies.

Do not expect for deep scientific texts about why people act like they do, but, it does not impact in the pleasure to read if you do not have objections about a more pragmatic/straight to the point style.

Really nice one.
Jun 17, 2010 Adam rated it liked it
Probably better for rookies in the working world, or maybe as a summer reading for college management course. Good examples of the most common workplace games. Gives you an understanding to identify the game, and how to cope with or eliminate it. Unfortunately for me I have already played all the games before reading this book.
Joslyn Jones
Nov 11, 2009 Joslyn Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is hot! I wish it was written like three jobs ago. Even if you don't think you play games at work, you do, and this book helps you recognize that and tells you what to do to be more productive and achieve your goals without the game play.
Jun 29, 2015 M&M rated it it was ok
Just one of those book about culture. Full of theories, not a single grain of helpfulness.
Jul 25, 2012 Vidula rated it really liked it
interesting examples
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