by James, Oliver, 1953-

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07 February 2013

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 expos?, 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.

  • Office politics: how to thrive in a world of lying, backstabbing and dirty tricks / Review / Guardian / Saturday / 16 Feb 2013

    Where he's most persuasive is not in this self-help stuff, which is pretty obvious. It's the way in which he talks about fields of work and structures of reward that encourage the worst sort of politicking. It's good to read someone being scalding about tournament bonus schemes, 360-degree assessment, public?sector outsourcing and neoliberal labour markets from the point of view of psychology rather than ideology or economics. › Read full review

    Star Rating: 3 Stars

  • Office politics / Review / Mail on Sunday / Sunday / 10 Feb 2013

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • Office politics: how to thrive in a world of lying, backstabbing and dirty tricks / Review / "Sunday Business Post, Ireland" / Saturday / 09 Feb 2013

    James is a capable writer, although his tone seems a bit too disconnected at times - a routine side-effect for a medical man who spent years writing reports, but not a great trait in an author. Office Politics is undeniably entertaining and, in places, a serious eye-opener. It is, however, extraordinarily depressing to read (at least to this particular non-Machiavel), and by the time you put it down, your heart weighs a ton at the thought of all the signals and danger signs you've haplessly misread over the years. › Read full review

    Star Rating: 3 Stars

  • Office politics: how to thrive in a world of lying, backstabbing and dirty tricks / Review / "Herald, Scotland" / Friday / 08 Feb 2013

    James comes perilously close to advocating behaviour worthy of the toxic boss and he is smart enough to realise that danger, stating that his purpose is to improve the reader's office political skills. However, this draws the reader into uncomfortable areas. The geography of ingratiation has been well explored by most and and almost everyone would agree that go getting, another of the author's principles, is necessary to drive to the top or to inoculate one against the depredations of the most predatory boss. › Read full review

    Star Rating: 3 Stars