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Essential if you want to survive the recession
on 25 July 2012
A fantastically useful book that covers some of the most pertinent - and tricky - issues - we face at work today, from toxic emails to horrible bosses and what to do if someone is stealing your credit at work. Mary Portas who writes the foreward says she wishes she'd had it to help her manage the wranglings at Harvey Nicks when she worked there. I certainly wish I'd had to hand to help me manage my old boss, I might have lasted longer in the job!
I work in publishing and have really noticed how the political climate has changed since the recession kicked in. These days it doesn't pay to work hard and keep your head down; as Clarke illustrates, if you want to get on you have to know how to influence people and present your point of view. To me that's quite daunting, but reading this book proved it needn't be. Now I know what to look out for, the different types of political `animal' and how to deal with them, whether it's the loose cannon Barbarian or self-serving Machiavellian. I could certainly recognise some of my colleagues amongst Clarke's political types. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in getting on at work and learning how to be more politically adept - essential in today's climate. Forewarned is forearmed!