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The modern working world is a dangerous place, where game-playing, duplicity and sheer malevolence are rife. Do talent and hard work count for nothing? Is politics everything?In this fascinating exposé, Oliver James reveals the murky underside of modern office life. With cutting-edge research and eye-opening interviews, he highlights the nasty practices that propel peopleThe modern working world is a dangerous place, where game-playing, duplicity and sheer malevolence are rife. Do talent and hard work count for nothing? Is politics everything?In this fascinating exposé, Oliver James reveals the murky underside of modern office life. With cutting-edge research and eye-opening interviews, he highlights the nasty practices that propel people to the top and shows how industries and cultures are fostering this behaviour.He then divulges strategies and techniques for not only surviving but thriving in these difficult environments. With the right mindset, you can distinguish and deal with toxic and overpromoted colleagues, charm your way through interviews and use office politics to your advantage.Office Politics will overthrow your perceptions of office life and set you on a new path to success....

Title : Office Politics: How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks
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Office Politics: How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks Reviews

  • Fiona Robson
    2019-04-07 21:38

    “Success at work now depends less and less on how good you are at specific skills and more and more on office politics. Often thought of as a dirty word, office politics is in fact an inevitable part of working life and is a major contributor to a successful career.With only 11 per cent of people now employed in making things, such as the manufacturing industry, the great majority of us work in jobs where relationships are crucial. Intelligence tests account for about one quarter of how well people do in their careers; office politics skills accounts for most of the rest. Including real-life stories, questionnaires and advice based on science, this book provides a fascinating insight into the world of office politics.”This book was fascinating and refreshingly honest. Instead of giving the view point: “Aren’t people who play office politics horribly?” James takes the view point that it’s a fact of life – let’s dead with it! I did recognize most of the personality types – the Narcissist, the Machiavellian etc. and some of the tactics were useful, too.I found this particularly useful, being involved in local politics, but interestingly, there is a special part of the book dedicated to the world of education, a place where I think office politics is particularly rife. A fascinating read.

  • Loy Machedo
    2019-03-30 00:21

    Loy Machedo's Book Review - Office Politics by Oliver JamesThere are some books which I find easy to write reviews for. And then there are books like James Oliver's Office Politics where I have to keep thinking and wondering - while suffering a massive writer's block in the process. Why?The book by itself has content you would love to underlying and take notes. And then just as you get yourself immersed into it, you realize the author has started to coast along aimlessly with anecdotal boorishness that makes you wonder - is it okay for me to flip pages and just omit this nonsense?If you ask me, if I were to segregate the useful from the useless - I think the book would come down to around 10% of its original size. So here is my half-assed attempt at making this book sound as intelligent as possible. The traits that make for a successful hustler are not always attractive, James says. In fact, there's a "Dark Triad" of character types disproportionately represented in office environments: • Psychopaths, who have no conscience; • Machiavels, to whom others are but pieces on a chessboard; • Narcissists, bursting with malignant self-love. James classifies people who are a mixture all three "triadic individuals". With the help of some amusing and horrifying case studies adapted from his own experiences and some 50 interviews he conducted for the book, James devotes the first half of Office Politics to telling you how to recognize a bastard when you're sharing an office with one.The second half is spent advising the reader how to be just enough of an bad guy to get on without, you know, actually being an Evil Person - so to speak: learn to read the lie of the land; suck up without looking sucky; boast without looking boastful; network and scratch backs; cultivate a persona but don't cause yourself to have a nervous breakdown by cultivating one wildly unlike your own, and so on.I would agree with James's assessment of the typical IQ tests held by organizations - which I believe is a total waste of time and resources. I don't believe you can accurately gauge human characteristics through such tests. But then the question is - what can be used as a replacement?The author also declares that the reason for such toxic behaviors is a result of improper upbringing during ones childhood. Is this true and can it be verified is the bigger question. The others bits which I thought was a summary of these points. 4 Skills of Office Politics1. Astuteness2. Effectiveness3. Networking4. The Appearance of SincerityImportant Traits of Office Politicians1) Acting2) Ingratiation3) Chameleonic4) Flattery5) Favor-Rendering6) Assertiveness7) Self Promotion8) Feedback Seeking9) Reputation Building10) Get Noticed11) Conscientiousness (Let everyone know - Have a balance)12) Honesty not Stupidity13) Rationality14) Blackmail versus Favor Rendering15) Defamation16) DeceptionTips to protect yourself from Office Politics1) Live in the Present2) Some have it, some don't3) Insight4) Reflection5) Two Way Communication6) Playfulness7) Take Risks8) Vivacity (High Spirited & Animated)9) Authentic 10) Be HappySo moment of truth:If I were to look at this book very critically, I would say that this is The Bumper Book of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks. Is the book useful - yes. But when you compare the amount of content put into this book versus what you get out in the end - it is hardly worth your time and effort. Overall, a disappointment considering the amount of time invested to read it. That is why I would have to give it a disappointing 2 out of 10.Loy Machedoloymachedo dot com | loymachedo dot tv

  • David
    2019-03-25 23:45

    I had to give up on this one.I tried, but it's infuriating.He's looking at the dreaded Triadic Personality. One-part psychopath, one-part narcissist, one-part machiavellian.The tone is essentially like an anti-communist commercial from the 1950's. It's all hysteria and melodrama. THEY LOOK LIKE US! THEY WALK AMONG US! AAAARRRGH! MAYBE MY BOSS IS ONE?Possibly I'm just offended because I'm a narcissist.

  • Rhiannon George
    2019-04-17 21:23

    The first half was very repetitive (I'm sure I read the same sentence in at least three different chapters)and the he second half offered precious little practical or usable advice. The book indulges in retelling the (admittedly interesting) stories of some atypical people whilst constantly reminding the reader that these are not normal situations they are likely to encounter. By focusing on the extremes it loses the ability to offer useful day to day advice and even manages to end with an appalling plug for the authors next book which it offers as the solution to "healthy office politics". Needless to say I won't be purchasing that book!

  • Michael
    2019-04-13 20:30

    As ever Oliver James talks a lot of sense. His guide to office politics allows you to identify the triadic personalities who will go out of their easy to screw up your career. It also gives you the ammunition to use office politics to your own advantage even if you're not Machiavellian, narcissistic or psychopathic. It has certainly allowed me to identify and pigeonhole a number of colleagues over the years.

  • tinydancer3
    2019-03-24 21:45

    Interesting topics covered but it was too repetitive and towards the end it got too preachy and rambly. Could have been an essay instead of a book.

  • Ian
    2019-04-10 19:24

    Found this a confirmation of what I (and probably most people) had long suspected. Progression at work is less dependent on intelligence and diligence but more to do with fostering an impression or reputation through basically acting. The book is divided into two parts. The first deals with the types of people who you really need to avoid, what he calls 'triadic'. That is they exhibit a combination of the personality traits of the psychopath, the narcissist and the Machiavel. These are the ones that will happily trample on you to further themselves and not care one jot. And they can be pretty clever with it and difficult to spot, particularly if you are a non-Machieval sort yourself. The second part is a more general explanation of how office politics works in general and what you can do to make sure you are not a victim of it. A key part of this is being astute which appears to mean being able to read between the lines and determining what the intentions and motivations of others really are. You can be astute via two psychological processes one automatic and the other more deliberate. The first is fundamental and learned at an early age. The second is more complex and relies on you making a sequence of inferences to know what's what. Other skills include ingratiation, virtuosity and even 'dirty tricks'. The latter he gives as more a way of warning that it could happen to you rather than recommendation. These dirty tricks include blackmail, defamation, sabotage and deception. Much of the book explains the various methods of politicking via examples / case studies. In summary the book provides a good overview of office politics. It is not a simple thing to engage it as there are dangers with doing so, not least to your own mental health. Also, the author is quick to point out that there are many nuances to be aware of to be successful at it. This is not so much a 'how to' guide but more a 'how to survive and not be left behind' guide and it does this rather well.

  • Tariq Mahmood
    2019-03-30 03:41

    I think this is a fantastic addition to the literary ocean which was surprisingly missing so far. With so many corporations around, how do we actually carry ourselves in order to survive on a day to day basis? Oliver has defined a successful corporate creature as a triad, a tripartite combination of a narcissistic, Machiavellian and Psychopath individual, features we all have to a certain degree. All of us working in the corporate environment that is. A successful career in any corporation requires not knowledge or skill, but acting skills, because most jobs are based in the service industry where attributes like perceptions and reputation matter more than what you actually know. So in short if you are in any service industry, its not what you know that matters rather its what they think you know or may know. The real world examples are very efficiently employed to emphasize any potential or existing employee to plot his way across the corporate maze. A word of caution though, many readers not used to Oliver's sarcastic style may be put off in the beginning. I would implore them to continue and persevere till the end, as the last chapters are really good as they bring the whole arguments together. Trust me, there is a lot to take away from this wonderful book.

  • Paul
    2019-03-24 19:37

    Having written about money and families in the past he now turns his attentions to the office, and the inter-personal relationships within an office,For the first part of the book he identifies the three types of particularly nasty individual that you will encounter, the psychopath, the Machiavelli and the narcissists. He details how they will behave, and how to deal with them. The next part of the book looks at case studies of individuals and ties it in with how you can improve the way that you deal with these type of people.He conclude with measure that you can take to improve your own skills in dealing with the people and pressures of a modern business world.All of the books that I have read by Oliver James have been really interesting, cover all the aspects of the subject that he is writing about, and offer solutions for you. And this is no different.

  • Soheil
    2019-04-18 03:23

    A complete waste of time! This book never reaches its promise of delivering a discipline by which you can navigate your way in the dirty world it describes.Later on I learned that as long as you voice what you clearly believe to be true and make sure others understand that it is for their benefit as well, you will win. This book is plain garbage.

  • Alan Fricker
    2019-04-14 19:32

    A useful book. I need to work on my astuteness. Some frankly terrifying portraits of how people work.

  • Gumble's Yard
    2019-04-06 01:47

    Slightly disappointing book as the writing style (particularly the far too heavy use of far too long anecdotes and the serial quotation of psychological studies as though actual fact) don’t match what should be an enthralling subject and can detract from what are some astute observations. The first part of the book analyses why office politics is hard - objective measures of performance are normally hard to come by, especially when team performance is in question and the issue is how far an individual is valued - there is competition for scarce resources (such as promotion) - and then the people who get on can be psychopaths, machiavels, narcissists or (which is particular bad) all three (triadic). The second part of the book tells you what to do about it: the importance of acting; astuteness; ingratiation; go-getting; virtuosity and dirty tricks. During these discussions what James identifies up front as the four skills of office politics are explored: Astuteness: "being able to read others, your organization, and yourself"; Effectiveness: finding the right tactics, and "choosing the right moment and performing the words and deeds effectively; Networking both in and out of a company; The Appearance of Sincerity (which James says is more important that actual sincerity, but that too much of a gap can be very stressful) As well as the poor style the apparent contradiction in the close connection between the very behaviours one is told how to deal with in the first part and those encouraged in the second part, is never really explored properly, although this is also the book’s strength that it encourages honest about politics and how to play the politics for gain.

  • Diane
    2019-04-19 03:26

    A very apt exploration of the polluted undercurrents of the working world. The premise that "dark triads" (psychopaths + Machiavels + narcissists) are prominently placed in business and politics and on the increase in many Western, individualistic nations is very interesting. James suggests that since many jobs are now in the service sector, it is hard for people to show tangible results regarding their performance, making a reasonable degree of subterfuge necessary to get ahead. But "dark triads" are at an extreme and come to a company already fully formed. So does this mean that somehow, our cultural values (emphasis on the self and success at all cost) and the ways in which we are raising our children are producing more "dark triads" and actually mangling their psyches? I'd look forward to a book on that topic...

  • Anthony
    2019-03-31 20:49

    A fascinating look at the terrifying "triadic" personalities that manipulate and oppress the hapless fools (i.e. you and me) who are unlucky enough to work in offices and corporations. (The author, British psychologist Oliver James, focuses mainly on offices in the English-speaking western world.)James tells us that the best way to cope with the unceasing tyranny of office politics, and hence of society at large, is to get better at "playing the game" – the game that's being run by and for the very system that's oppressing us. He seems to think it's pointless to try to be bold and find ways to organise yourself and protest and actually fight the system.Depressingly pragmatic advice.

  • Dave H
    2019-03-30 22:27

    An interesting and somewhat terrifying account of the personality defects that seem to thrive in the modern office environment. The case studies (based on interviews) that James presents are chilling - tales of backstabbing, lies, zero-empathy and world-class acting. I think those genuinely 'triadic' personalities (exhibiting narcissism, machiavellianism and psychopathy) are incredibly rare and even accounting for a greater number of such individuals in high powered positions - it remains a tiny proportion. Nonetheless James offers some solid tips in navigating the world of office politics without falling foul of calculated scheming.

  • dejah_thoris
    2019-04-20 23:48

    I feel like I learned more in an hour seminar with Carol Carter but there's a little good information if you haven't been exposed to the topic. Heads up: Most of us work with manipulators, narcissists, and at least one psychopath. It's good to know their tricks but the advice on how to avoid and defeat them is limited to develop your acting ability and lose some of your scruples. I also found James' argument that you become more authentic by becoming more astute and developing different personas or selves for different people or occasions strange at best and hypocritical at worst.

  • Louis Cecile
    2019-04-01 01:32

    An almost compelling book slightly biased by the authors political views that tend come when least needed to highlight his point. Despite the focus being the office world the examples and case studies tend to be from the more elitist and higher classes. Where you except this to be a book to help everyday people it can be hard to emphasize with the examples. However despite all this, by focusing on the techniques and the core message it is beneficial for understanding survival in the office world. This justifies a read for those seeking awareness of the office.

  • Simon Koefman
    2019-04-14 03:33

    An amusing and engaging exploration of Office politics.James describes the three most dangerous personality types one cam encounter-the psychopath, narcissist and Machiavel. Through interviews and case studies he shows the tactics people use to gain promotion, power and status , and how to survive in toxic office environments. His final suggestion , in terms of emotional health, is to be authentic.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-29 02:39

    It's a bit depressing... on the cusp of finishing a job where I've been out-politicked, I find it hard to believe that this is the way forwards. Whilst I do believe that these type of people exist in the workplace, I find it hard to believe this is the only way.Glad to have read it, though, albeit from the library. I promise not to be so naïve next time.

  • Sean Goh
    2019-03-29 23:36

    Main takeaway: Never underestimate the depths to which people may sink to get ahead.Not approving of office politicking does not grant immunity to its effects. Hence, be aware, for knowing about a problem is the first step to dealing with it.

  • Boredlaura
    2019-03-23 21:45

    Expected advice on how to deal with office politics, this is more of a guide on how to spot the difficult ones.

  • Peter Hall
    2019-04-12 01:41

    An insightful and essential read.

  • Mohd Nordin Che Omar
    2019-04-08 01:37

    Good guides to those entering the working world.

  • Colm
    2019-03-31 23:23

    Pop nonsense at pop prices. Read the paper and figure out this tripe for yourself. Luckily got it for free

  • Sam
    2019-03-24 21:48

    Lightweight. It still thought provoking, read in a day.

  • Alastair Kerr
    2019-04-11 21:39

    Some interesting food for thought.

  • A
    2019-04-05 20:20

    Woollly. Written in style of many of such books in the genre

  • Fdimi
    2019-04-16 21:37

    Not impressed....neither by the ideas developed nor solutions proposed