Ronna Lichtenberg is an author, lecturer, and president CEO of Clear Peak Communications, a management-consulting firm. As author of Work Would Be Great if It Weren’t for the People and It’s Not Business, It’s Personal, she has appeared as a career and business expert on CNN, NPR, and various television programs. She is currently a contributing editor to O, The Oprah Magazine, and is frequently quoted in major print media, including business and women’s magazines.
Work Would Be Great if It Weren't for the People: Making Office Politics Work for Youby Ronna Lichtenberg, Gene Stone
What’s your idea of the “office politician”? Most likely, it’s a plotter and a schemer who doesn’t care at all about real work, someone who makes trouble for others while thinking only of advancing him or herself. You may think that office politics keeps you from getting the recognition you deserve, promotes less talented and
What’s your idea of the “office politician”? Most likely, it’s a plotter and a schemer who doesn’t care at all about real work, someone who makes trouble for others while thinking only of advancing him or herself. You may think that office politics keeps you from getting the recognition you deserve, promotes less talented and productive people, and in general impedes everyone from really getting down to business. But you’d be wrong.
In this book, Ronna Lichtenberg, author of It’s Not Business, It’s Personal, shows us that it’s perfectly acceptableeven desirableto play office politics. Let’s face it, she says, we are constantly interacting with co-workers, and these people affect how we get our job done. Like it or not, we are already forced to play the game. So why not become good at it? The trick is to develop the proper skills, by honing the ability to accurately predict and manage the kinds of interactions that typically occur in an office environment.
Work Would Be Great If It Weren’t for the People is filled with descriptions of problematic behaviors and situations, proven strategies for dealing with them, and hilarious real-life anecdotes. Here you will learn, for example, why gossip is good, why wine and e-mail don’t mix, and what to do when you absolutely, positively can’t stand the person in the office next to you. Excelling at office politics need not involve harming others, but should really be seen as the essential social skills that will keep your career moving forward.
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I found the book a very easy read. Full of mini-case studies where the stupid self-defeating action is contrasted with the smart, productive choice. I especially enjoyed the evil twin. Of course, a person has to know what your ethics are(what and what you will not do), but she laid open all the options. You are an adult, so make choices. Her point that it is necessary to be skilled at politics made perfect sense to me after years of not knowing why events transpired as they did the organization. People skills deal with a lot of grey area issues and you need to understand that politics is necessary and desirable for putting forth your ideas and turning ideas into results. Otherwise, you may work hard but not smart.