Games At Work: How to Recognize and Reduce Office Politics

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 30, 2009 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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"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 improve the organization's effectiveness."
Jacopo Bracco, executive vice president, DIRECTV Latin America

"Whether you are an employee, manager, or CEO, this book will help you uncover the games that are going on around you and in your organization and will arm you with strategies to combat the negative effects of these games."
Corey J. Seitz, vice president, global talent management, Johnson & Johnson

"This book is a good warning sign for organizational life. A road map of potholes and wrong turns. Written in a clear and down-to-earth way, its strength is its concreteness."
Peter Block, author, Community: The Structure of Belonging

"Play or don't play, your choice. But if you need to manage and aspire to lead, you must read Goldstein and Read's helpful treatment of the games going on all around you all the time. Prepare to be entertained and disconcerted in equal measure."
Seán Meehan, Martin Hilti Professor of Marketing and Change Management, IMD

"Goldstein and Read provide an accessible and penetrating discussion of the twenty-two most common games at work and their individual and organizational causes, business costs, and remedies. Every working person who has ever been a victim or perpetrator of political games will profit from reading Games at Work."
Harvey A. Hornstein, emeritus professor of psychology; former director of Columbia University Organizational Development Programs; and organizational consultant

 

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I have just finished Games at Work.
Mixing theory and reality-based examples, it explains the functioning of the games and delivers a methodology to reduce office politics in the workplace.
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as a tool, it is pretty good for who wants to reduce games in their office and more genuinely, who wants to work better in an healthier environment. I particularly enjoyed the way it links the Games, mapping them, detecting the “Games DNA” and preparing the action plan to dismantle this informal breaks for the company.
As well, I really like the idea of their website www.games-at-work.com
 

Contents

Introduction
1
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
11
PLAYING TO LOSE
46
FERTILE GROUND
65
EYES WIDE SHUT
83
AN EYEOPENING EXPERIENCE
95
COUNT ME
108
GAME INTERRUPTED
125
INTERCONNECTIONS
147
THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE
164
GAMES AT THE
179
A SUSTAINABLE GOAL
198
References
224
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About the author (2009)

Mauricio Goldstein is the founder of Pulsus Consulting Group. His passion is to catalyze organizational transformations by creating a deeper connection of people and organizations to their essence. Mauricio has applied his innovative approach to a number of Fortune 500 companies, such as AstraZeneca, Cargill, J&J, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Sodexo, and Schering-Plough, in Latin America, North America, Europe, and Africa.

Philip Read has worked in a number of senior roles in human resources for Fortune 100 companies over the last twenty-two years. He has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Switzerland, Germany, and Spain. Philip has won a number of awards for his work, including the PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Linkage, Inc. "Most Innovative HR Department" award as part of the leadership team of HR for Dow Chemical.

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