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5.0 out of 5 stars Sage advice on dealing with office politics., 19 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Driving Technical Change (Paperback)
Reading through this book, Terrance classifies people into different groups.
For me this was a vivid portrayal, that I could instantly relate to having working with the full spectrum of such people.
He gives advice on how to handle these groups of people, and basically create allies, converting the masses to your cause, but in such a way as to not come across as blowing your own trumpet.
In essence this boils down to converting the low hanging fruit (colleagues) to your cause and gradually tackling the more challenging ones. Garnering such support you don't appear to be a lone crusader when presenting your case to management and if you heed the advice given on handling situations correctly, you can avoid appearing confrontational.
It also clarifies how to allocate and your time productively building relationships with colleagues and not expending effort on the irrational.
Some of the IT terminology would be alien to people outside this arena, but the psychology lessons could equally be applied to other industries.
A good book, I could have done with reading years ago. As a result I'd probably have a few less battle scars right now! Going forward I'm sure it's something that will help me in my career.
Oh. On a final note, I learnt about Google Alerts. Had never used them before. Cool tip.
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