Summary of It's All Politics

Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren`t Enough

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It's All Politics book summary
To get ahead in business, you need political intelligence; it might even be more important than skills and competence.

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This practical book discusses one of the sad realities of business: Often, competent people do not get promoted, because they lack political intelligence. In their place, less capable people ascend into executive suites simply because they have developed business intelligence, and know how to use the politics that exist inside any organization. That’s why many people rightfully think that “who you know, not what you know” determines career success. Kathleen Kelley Reardon can put you in the right place at the right time and in the right vice president’s office by helping you become more politically savvy. getAbstract highly recommends this very readable book to those who want to advance, especially politically innocent people entering the business world.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why being politically intelligent matters to your career
  • How to become politically savvy
  • How to be a more persuasive communicator
 

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Reading Tea Leaves
If you work with human beings, you are in a political situation – like it or not. Even if you are professionally skilled, you should learn to be politically adept also. To avoid becoming a “political underdog,” diagnose your present position by asking yourself: Do people...
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About the Author

Kathleen Kelley Reardon, Ph.D., is a professor of management at the Marshall School of Business at USC, a frequent business conference speaker and the author of The Secret Handshake. She has appeared on television and in numerous national publications.


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