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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (Sept. 2 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841126578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841126579
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.5 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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"...this book is on a's eyes are definitely opened..." (The Independent on Sunday, 10th July 05)

"...Fed up of back-biting, skulduggery and unscrupulous behaviour? Then this is the book for you." (Office Secretary Magazine, October 2005)

" might want to invest in a new book - 21 Dirty Tricks at Work..."(Liverpool Daily Post, 13th October 2005)

"...plenty of substance..." (Reading Chronicle, 20th October 2005)

"...a book of hope. It exposes the classic manoeuvres and gives practical advice..." (Credit Control, Vol 26(6) 2005)

" middle management recruits should read one trick before retiring each night; that way they'll get wise to every trick in the book within a month..." (Professional Manager, Jan 06)

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 21 Dirty Tricks at Work is about lies.  The type of underhand, pernicious and downright Machiavellian scheming that goes on in our businesses every day.  An estimated £7.8bn is lost each year in the UK alone though unnecessary and counter-productive office politicking.  But 21 Dirty Tricks at Work is also a book of hope.  The mission statement of the authors is to expose these behaviours and provide practical, workable tools for the vast majority who want to do a good day’s work. 

21 Dirty Tricks at Work provides you with all the information you need to spot negative tactics and self-interested strategies.  It also shows you how to spot the games frequently being played and how to come out with your credibility intact and your sanity preserved.

So, if you are fed-up of constant back-biting, skulduggery and unscrupulous behaviour of your colleagues and workmates, join hands with the authors for the no-nonsense antidote for everyday politicking.  It’s time to get Machiavelli on the run..!

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3b6fb4c) out of 5 stars Spotlight on surviving office politics Feb. 29 2008
By Rolf Dobelli - Published on
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Thinking that the only thing you have to do at the office is good work is naïve. Every company has people who will stop at nothing to further their own agendas. Hiding your head in the sand (or behind your computer screen) only makes you an easy target. Instead, learn about the common dirty tricks played in offices and protect yourself from becoming a victim. To outmaneuver the manipulators, getAbstract recommends reading this clever, short introductory course on office politics. Organizational experts Mike Phipps and Colin Gautrey have done the research for you, identifying the most common and insidious dirty tricks, and outlining strategies for putting up your defenses or, when appropriate, confronting the attackers. Oftentimes, simply exposing the trick reduces its potency and sends the perpetrator scurrying back into the shadows.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3b6fba0) out of 5 stars Interesting read, but not that helpful Nov. 11 2008
By Kukkimom - Published on
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This book is written as a fictional story of one man's experience navigating the political jungle in a cut-throat corporation. Each chapter tells a bit of the story, with an accompanying analysis that includes "Game Stats" (I found those totally useless), the "Antidote" and the "Vaccination". I found those last two somewhat helpful, since they give you "power questions" to ask the person who is playing politics and how to respond. However, the entire time I was reading the book, I kept envisioning an episode of "Ugly Betty," because the situations were so ridiculously exaggerated. In my experiences at corporations large and small, I've never witnessed the situations to the extent they describe, so it was hard for me to relate.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3b6fe7c) out of 5 stars I've been #14'd two times!!! Nov. 14 2012
By trajic architect - Published on
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Just bought my second copy. Honestly, I was #14'd two times! The first time I was #14'd (being called out and yelled at) I was totally shocked, I cried, I sulked for days, I completely over reacted and I walked away from the job in October 2008 (whooops!!!, I was underemployed until December 1010!)
But I bought a bunch of books and most were creepy and some had simply bad advice but this one funny and totally true!
I saw #14 and it was all clear, and so simple!
I just got #14'd again, and I remembered, #14 is a mediocre trick, and it usually backfires unless the victim is completely naive, like I was, and simply crumbles under the attack. If I recall correctly the author says that the purpose is to undermine the victim's confidence. I can't think of any other thing that could have possibly been accomplished in both cases, except of course the creep gets to vent. So I kinda didn't blink this time around.
I'm sorta spreading the word about what a nut job the boss is, "Yeah, she just told me that she hates working with me, go figure, doesn't that suck?" and she just made it a lot easier for me to transfer to another project with a boss who actually likes people for having opinions.
And I am buying another copy because I've given the last one away and I want to buy two because I know a colleague who could use some good advice!
It's funny. Buy three copies.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3b6fd74) out of 5 stars At last a book with practical help May 11 2006
By Charlie - Published on
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If you only read one book on office politics, this has to be it! Unlike so many other titles this avoids generalization and provides clear guidance on what to do about specific tactics used by others to get ahead of you. Absolutely packed with great questions that you can use straight away.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ab83cc) out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next book July 29 2011
By Ilya Shutman - Published on
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I just got this book, and I love it! Some books simply list dirty tricks as possible tools for personal advancement, but this one is different. In a case study, a bit extreme, yet very familiar, the authors present some dirty tactics that are fairly common in corporate environment. However, the authors do not stop at that: they list strategies to combat those tricks (I found some of them to be very good and will try them out), and they also list costs of those tricks to the victim, the company, and the perpetrator, whether he's caught or not. The book gave me new perspective on office politics, confidence that I can create more win/win situations, and forced me to review my daily routine to make sure that it's clean from tricks that, unfortunately, can become contageous. I plan to share this book with all of my coworkers who are willing to read it. My most sincere thanks to Mike Phipps and Colin Gautrey. I can't wait for your next book!