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Checkmate Office Politics

Checkmate Office Politics

September 2020 | 264 pages | SAGE Response
Office politics—the phrase usually invokes negative images, such as blaming, backstabbing, favouritism, resentment and jealousy. Like it or loathe it, professional success is not merely dependent on merit; being able to read people and their motives is what keeps one ahead. A large part of success in the corporate journey is defined by progress and getting the credit for it; some people excel at it, while others do not. How can you then navigate the corporate corridors without playing dirty?

Checkmate Office Politics confronts workplace dynamics head-on and explains the factors that influence it. Drawing on her unparalleled experience as an international facilitator and executive coach, Bhavna Dalal invites you to understand the political machinery by offering extensive, simple, practical advice to help navigate workplace politics effectively and grow in your career without compromising your ideals.

PART I The Root Cause
Handling Politics: Senior, Middle and Junior Level
PART II Pawn, Bishop or Queen?
The Importance of Acting
People, Personalities and Politics
Riding the Relationship Rollercoaster
Prioritizing Relationships in the Corporate World
PART III Checkmate: The Methods
Avoiding Political Pitfalls
Sharpen Your Influencing Skills
Emotions Fuel the Engine
Dealing with Unpleasant Situations
Develop Your Game Plan
Don’t Whine but Shine
PART IV The Chess Board: Systemic Understanding
Implications of Culture
Revisiting Office Vocabulary

‘Checkmate Office Politics is an engaging, thoroughly narrated invitation to take charge of individual success.’

Jagdish N. Sheth
Professor, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, USA

‘Through extraordinary storytelling, Bhavna Dalal compels you to come out of your comfort zone, shine the spotlight on yourself and grow into your most successful self.’

Marshall Goldsmith
New York Times #1 bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won’t Get

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ISBN: 9789353884925