Summary of Work Would Be Great If It Weren't For the People

Making Office Politics Work for You

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Work Would Be Great If It Weren't For the People book summary
The clue to office politics is understanding that everything matters, you are always making an impression. So watch your behavior, your relationships, your work, your style...and your back.


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Let’s face it: We all want to climb the corporate ladder. The trick is to climb without appearing to do so. Everyone has an agenda. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to uncover hidden agendas and use them to your advantage. Ronna Lichtenberg knowingly decodes office politics as usual. Her book addresses time management, starting a new job and ending an old one, gossip, and business travel. The book is easy to read and inexpensive. If there were such a thing as a "beach business book," this would certainly classify. However, clever though it is, it doesn’t cover any new territory. If you’re already a top-ranking executive, you probably know everything here. getAbstract recommends this book for those who are still on their way up the ladder or those who may have forgotten some of the rules for making it to the top.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why you must be good at office politics;
  • Why you should pick and choose your battles; and
  • How to deal with other people.


Starting Out
Don’t trust the first person who’s friendly. Ask questions. For example, tell a co-worker that you work for Elizabeth and need a new computer. Gauge the person’s reaction. Is the answer, "I’ll get that over to you right away" or "We’re backed up right now. I...
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About the Authors

Ronna Lichtenberg is currently the chief executive officer of Clear Peak Communications, a marketing and consulting firm. She was previously the senior vice president of external affairs at Prudential Securities Inc. Gene Stone is the author of Little Girl Fly Away and has written for numerous national magazines.

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