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Summary

Don't let destructive drama sideline your career.

Every organization has its share of political drama: Personalities clash. Agendas compete. Turf wars erupt. But you need to work productively with your colleagues - even difficult ones - for the good of your organization and your career. How can you do that without compromising your personal values? By acknowledging that power dynamics and unwritten rules exist - and navigating them constructively.

The HBR Guide to Office Politics will help you succeed at work without being a power grabber or a corporate climber. Instead you'll cultivate a political strategy that's authentic to you. You'll learn how to:

    Gain influence without losing your integrity
  • Contend with backstabbers and bullies
  • Work through tough conversations
  • Manage tensions when resources are scarce
  • Get your share of choice assignments
  • Accept that not all conflict is bad

Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job from a source you trust. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.

©2015 Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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learned a bit but not alot

What did you like best about HBR Guide to Office Politics? What did you like least?

There were 3-4 points I learned from this book. Basically avoidance mainly. I was disappointed to be honest. I found the book to be a bit bland and light on knowledge. I worked in large consultancies like Accenture and deployed in to Public sectors in the UK. So I am not a novice to the ladder or office politics. Which is probably why I didn't find this book helpful.

What could Harvard Business Review and Karen Dillon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Give techniques on how improve? the review basically just outlines office mechanics. There is no real suggestions to improve it.

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Add more practical advise, even if it was practice mindfullness to cope better in xyz. Just add more useful information on how to cope.

Did HBR Guide to Office Politics inspire you to do anything?

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A must listen to win office politics

Well narrated book, easy to follow. The examples given are very easy to relate to most working environments so it does raise awareness to overcome and deal with future politics situations. I truly enjoyed listening to ‘ what good looks like’. I think the book is certainly useful for both new recruits and also long-service professionals. Happy listening

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What I have been looking for

For everyone who feel they always struggle with classroom politics and somehow end up in the surplus group, along with three others (who hasn’t set foot on campus for months), this book is gold. It is much more down to earth and directly useable than Emotional Intelligence. Even if ot is a bit short and doesn’t really deal with mens stigma.

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  • Ms. Vicki
  • 22-02-17

Puts working in an office group into perspective.

I always worked alone for someone or as self employed. This book has given me coping skills.

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  • Juan
  • 13-08-16

Wished Audible had existed many years ago!

Tremendously relevant information necessary to understand the psyche of coworkers and bosses and that will help you successfully navigate the corporate world.

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  • martin67
  • 01-10-16

Bare Facts!

It's such important to understand the details behind people's actions, verses the underlying environmental dynamics in order to make a difference.

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  • Vladislav
  • 27-05-18

useless

basically, bunch of examples and scenarios. very watered down book. do this and do that. but no strong idea or theory behind the book. could not use any of the suggestions, since none of them apply.

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  • Gregory O'Shea
  • 05-09-19

move along, nothing to read here

this is very basic and not at all helpful in the real world. very disappointed that HBR put their name on this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-19

Good content and concise

Three stars because of the brevity. I picked up a few things but hard to remember everything since there are so many chapters. They’re only about 10-15 minutes each.