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Office Politics

How to thrive in a world of lying, backstabbing and dirty tricks

BY OLIVER JAMES, PUBLISHED BY VERMILION, £20

In managing a team, perception is key. The modern workplace is a dangerous place, where devious tactics can come into play. The stronger the team is in a business, the more scope there is for foul play. Unfortunately, it comes with any competitive environment and if not managed or maintained properly, can lead to the demise of the business.

Oliver James, trained and practiced as a clinical psychologist, outlines the pitfalls and problems outlined on a daily basis through thoroughly detailed interviews. He provides strategic solutions for surviving – and thriving – in what can be a turbulent environment. So long as you have the right frame of mind, you can learn to identify and deal with difficult colleagues and use expert charm to manoeuvre your way through interviews, manipulating the inevitability of office politics to your advantage.

In particular, the rise of interaction and communication between businesses and customers over social media can lead to ironically, a miscommunication and misunderstandings from all parties involved in the ‘conversation’. James depicts the devious tactics implemented by some to propel their way to the top, and even points out how some companies are fostering and in some cases encouraging this behaviour.

Office Politics provides a compelling insight into the darker side of modern office life.

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