Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work

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This guide shows managers at all levels how to develop the positive political skills they need to deal effectively with subordinates, peers, and superiors. It offers practical advice for counteracting bureaucratic pressures such as depAndency, buck passing, and powerlessness, and for creating a strong vision of what an organization can become.

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Overview

This guide shows managers at all levels how to develop the positive political skills they need to deal effectively with subordinates, peers, and superiors. It offers practical advice for counteracting bureaucratic pressures such as depAndency, buck passing, and powerlessness, and for creating a strong vision of what an organization can become.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555422653
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 641,547
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER BLOCK is an organization development consultant and partner in the consulting firm of Block-Petrella-Weisbord, Inc. A charter member of Certified Consultant's International, he has more than twenty years' experience in consulting and designing and conducting training workshops. His previous book, Flawless Consulting, has won widespread praise.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

The Author.

Introduction: The Dilemmas of Managers in the Middle.

POLITICS IN THE WORKPLACE: REKINDLING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT.

Personal Choices That Shape the Work Environment.

Origins of the Bureaucratic Mentality.

Developing Antidotes for Bureaucracy.

POSITIVE POLITICAL SKILLS AT WORK.

Creating a Vision of Greatness: The First Step Toward Empowerment.

Building Support for Your Vision: Negotiating with Allies and Adversaries.

Balancing Autonomy and DepAndence: Peace with Those Around You.

Facing Organizational Realities: Continual Acts of Courage.

Enacting the Vision: The Essence of Empowerment.

Annotated Bibliography.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2006

    Lucid directions on how to rule

    This book offers the middle-aged middle manager a strategy for surging ahead instead of sinking in an ocean of uncontrollable organizational forces. Author Peter Block provides strategies for countering the negative effects of being enmeshed in hierarchy and bureaucracy. Reactions to that experience, especially fear, lead to bureaucratic management styles that leave everyone in the company - sometimes even the CEO - feeling trapped and frustrated. The book wanders around and bogs down here and there, but we find that its advice - which strongly pushes self-awareness, vision and autonomy in the service of others - could muster middle management¿s entrepreneurial spirit.

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