Cain and Abel at Work: How to Overcome Office Politics and the People Who Stand Between You and Success

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Crown Publishing Group, Sep 18, 2001 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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Do you know a Cain at work?

The back-stabbing liar who steals credit for your ideas...

The a**-kissing co-worker who worries about "face time" while you stay late working hard...

The gossipy colleague who spreads rumors just to create drama in the office.

If any of these people sound familiar, watch out: a Cain is lurking, ready to sabotage your job, your promotion, and even your reputation at work.

Written by two veteran media and political strategists, Cain and Abel at Work will help you survive the ultimate political arena—the office—and prepare you for the real-world interpersonal dynamics they don't teach you in business school.

In the Old Testament story that serves as the beginning metaphor for this book, backstabbing Cain kills the honorable Abel out of jealousy, and despite being punished with banishment, he goes on to marry, have a son, and build a city around him. All of a sudden, Cain gets to be a father, real estate developer, and probably the first politician of his day, while Abel's life is over in a flash. Authors Gerry Lange and Todd Domke have discovered that this type of injustice is still alive and well in the modern competitive workplace. Together, they have decades of personal experience and first-hand encounters with scheming, calculating Cains, and now they're giving readers an invaluable guide for coping with and combating Cain at work.

Using real-life case studies to illustrate how Cains operate, Cain and Abel at Work will teach you how to:

Identify the Cains before they make you their victim

Recognize the tactics Cains use to gain status and power

Win out over Cains without stooping to their level

With compelling new insight into human behavior and competition developed from the authors' experience in the political, media, and business arenas, Cain and Abel at Work explains what motivates both Cains and Abels at work. Not only does this book explore and deplore the behavior of Cains, it also explains how the simple na´vetÚ of Abels allows Cains to get away with their shenanigans.

If anyone has ever stolen an idea from you or grabbed credit for your work, if they've taken advantage of or walked all over you, you need this book. Cain and Abel at Work is an office survival guide no well-intentioned Abel should be without.

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About the author (2001)

A writer, producer, and director in all media for more than twenty years and an experienced business and political consultant, Gerry Lange has prepared many well-known public figures, including Ronald Reagan, Alan Greenspan, and William F. Buckley, Jr., for televised debates. Lange wrote and produced several PBS specials, and he has been a political adviser for such figures as Governor William Weld and Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler. He and his wife, Caroline, live in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and have a son, Christopher.

Todd Domke is president of a media consulting firm specializing in strategy, public relations, and advertising. As a strategist, he's been a consultant to the National Republican Senatorial and Congressional Committees, GOPAC, and numerous campaigns. He is also the co-author of The Conservative's Dictionary, and the author of Grounded, a humorous novel for juveniles. He lives with his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Caitlin in Canton, Massachusetts; his son, Judah, is a writer and actor in New York City.

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