Summary of Workplace Poker

Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played?

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Workplace Poker book summary
Learn to read your business associates the way a poker champion sizes up other players.


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Navigating your career is like playing a life-sized game of poker where each player has different goals, cheaters can triumph, and the rules are unclear and change constantly. To win, cultivate an understanding of your co-workers, treat everyone with respect, graciously accept your flaws, and approach every challenge with energy and optimism. Career coach Dan Rust reveals strategies for playing office politics – the “game under the game.” Most people claim to dislike office politics because they aren’t any good at it, reports Rust, who sees politics as a natural, inevitable element of human interaction. He insists that you must master its rudiments to advance in your career. Rust’s prototypical winner combines the Buddha’s insights, US General George S. Patton’s brashness, Sherlock Holmes’s observational skills and Mr. Spock’s objectivity. This is a fun and funny strategy manual, full of illuminating anecdotes and tactics you can apply immediately. getAbstract recommends Rust’s advice to anyone searching for a new job or hoping to make a bigger splash at work.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why career success depends on effective office politics
  • How to play politics in a positive, respectful way


Office Politics
Mention office politics, and you evoke images of a Machiavellian world of power plays, whisper campaigns and backstabbing. Most people claim to dislike office politics and prefer to avoid the intrigue. But everyone plays politics in business, because politics pervades all...
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About the Author

Founder of Frontline Learning, a corporate-training publisher, Dan Rust runs workshops on career management and blogs on career issues at

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