If there is one thing that you can’t afford to ignore in today’s workplace, then it has to be office politics. We say so because even if you decide to ignore office politics, it will still be at play, and it will certainly still affect you and your career success. Indeed, we have often seen many otherwise superb employees fail to advance due to their inability to handle office politics in the right way. On the other end of the spectrum, we have seen many unimpressive employees get ahead briskly, thanks to their suave handling of office politics. Against that background, you have to agree that knowledge on how to win and thrive in spite of office politics is a real asset in today’s workplace. And rather than having to learn how to deal with office politics through experience (which can be a rather painful affair), there are comprehensive books that you can read on the topic of office politics. Here are two such books to help you get started:
Marie G McIntyre’s “Secrets to Winning at Office Politics: How to Achieve Your Goals and Increase Your Influence at Work”
This book works on the premise that office politics are a ‘fact of life’ and that your best bet is to accept office politics as such – and then work out how you can win at the game. While we have been conditioned to believe that office politics has to be nasty, this book offers another perspective. In this book, Marie G McIntyre shows you how you can play office politics in a suave manner, without being unduly nasty, without compromising on your integrity and without stepping on your colleague’s toes. One very notable thing about this book is the extent to which the author takes into consideration the realities that people have to work with. In other words, this is a highly practical book: a fact that sets it apart from other books on similar topics. As we all know, a good number of books on this topic tend to be very preachy, but short on practical advice. This one is different: as it is less preachy and more practical.
Marie G McIntyre’s “Secrets to Winning at Office Politics: How to Achieve Your Goals and Increase Your Influence at Work” is available for purchase from the Amazon Bookstore.
Office Politics: How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks by Oliver James
Office Politics: How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks Surviving office politics is hard enough for most of us. Thriving in a workplace dominated by such office politics would therefore be a fantasy for most of us, especially those of us who lack the ‘connections’ or nasty personalities necessary to thrive in such an environment. But there are strategies that can make it possible, and those strategies form the backbone of Oliver James’ “Office Politics: How to Thrive In a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks”. And contrary to what you may think initially, this is not a Machiavellian book that shows you how to respond in kind: by becoming a liar, backstabber and dirty tricks player. What this book does instead is to show you how you can turn office politics on its head, and win at the game, without having to play rough. This is, by any account, a remarkable book, which can (at the very least) give you the perspective to help you regain your sanity, if you are a victim of dirty office politics — as many modern employees are.
Oliver James’ “Office Politics: How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks” can be found in the Amazon Bookstore.