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 without compromising your integrity or taking advantage of others. This smart, practical guide shows you how to ...

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Overview

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 without compromising your integrity or taking advantage of others. This smart, practical guide shows you how to stop wasting energy on things you can't change and start taking steps to get what you want.

Written by an organizational psychologist and corporate consultant, Secrets to Winning at Office Politics uses real-life examples of political winners and losers to illustrate the behaviors that contribute to success or failure at work. You will be shown techniques for managing your boss more effectively, improving your influence skills, changing the way you are perceived, and dealing with difficult people. Using these proven strategies for political success, you will then be able to create a Political Game Plan that outlines the steps necessary to accomplish your own individual goals.

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Editorial Reviews

Fortune Magazine
"A terrific new book about office politics . . . it’s a must-read!"
online careers column, August 2005
The Miami Herald
"Thorough and thoughtful, [the author] is no Pollyanna and has a realistic understanding of how things really work and why."
August 2005
Gwinnett Business Journal
"Practical advice and self-assessment questions make the book a gem . . . It’s a keeper!"
(Atlanta, GA), September, 2005
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312332181
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 303,532
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie G. McIntyre, Ph.D., operates Executive Counselors, a training and consulting business focused on developing leadership and teamwork in organizations. She has more than twenty years of experience in management, organizational development, and training. Dr. McIntyre works with business, government, and nonprofit organizations, including such clients as Home Depot, Prudential, BellSouth, and Panasonic. In addition to holding management positions in both business and government, she was director of human resources for a Fortune 500 company. Dr. McIntyre, who also wrote The Management Team Handbook, lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xiii
Part I Mastering the Fundamentals 1
1 Politics Is Not a Dirty Word 3
2 Political Intelligence and the Facts of Life 22
3 Forget Fairness, Look for Leverage 36
4 Political Psych 101: Allies and Adversaries 53
Part II Avoiding Political Pitfalls 79
5 Political Games: Moves and Countermoves 81
6 How to Commit Political Suicide 107
7 Power, Power, Who Has the Power? 133
Part III How to Become a Winner 157
8 Increasing Your Political Power 159
9 Sharpening Your Influence Skills 185
10 Managing Power Relationships 212
11 Developing Your Political Game Plan 233
12 A Personal Political Note 252
Suggested Reading 257
Index 259
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