Summary of Survival of the Savvy

High-Integrity Political Tactics for Career and Company Success

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Survival of the Savvy book summary
Businesspeople hate organizational politics, but to succeed you must understand and play the game.


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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.


Inescapable Organizational Politics
To be successful in business, you must be politically savvy. Otherwise, you will have minimal impact within your organization and will truncate your career path. Handled correctly, organizational politics needn’t be a distasteful component of your work...
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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.

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