Summary of Survival of the Savvy
From SURVIVAL OF THE SAVVY: HIGH-INTEGRITY POLITICAL TACTICS FOR CAREER AND COMPANY SUCCESS by Rick Brandon, Ph.D. and Marty Seldman, Ph.D. Copyright © 2004 by Rick Brandon, Ph.D. and Marty Seldman, Ph. D.. Reprinted by permission of Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Organizational politics connote backbiting, manipulation and dirty dealings. Unfortunately, wherever people gather, the specter of politics arises. This is particularly true in the pressure-cooker environment characteristic of business today. Leadership consultant Rick Brandon and executive coach Martin Seldman urge businesspeople to become astute political players while always operating with aware morals and ethics. They refer to walking this tightrope as “high-integrity politics.” Even though the authors occasionally revert to corporate jargon, they do a good job of tutoring businesspeople about an effective, ethical approach. And they further brighten their detailed, insightful manual with instructive, memorable quotations from multiple sources. getAbstract recommends their handy, tactical advice to leaders, to anyone carving out a workplace role and, especially, to those who think office politics stymie their ambitions.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why organizational politics is unavoidable;
- Why you need to become politically savvy, but not “under political or overly political”;
- How two dominant political styles differ; and
- How to contribute to “political climate change” in your organization.
About the Authors
Rick Brandon, PhD, owns Brandon Partners, which offers workshops on corporate politics and managerial motivation. Executive coach Marty Seldman, PhD, is co-founder and chairman of Optimum Associates.