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Games At Work: How to Recognize and Reduce Office Politics by Kevin Cashman, Phil Read, Mauricio Goldstein

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Chapter 1. Let the Games Begin: What Games are and How They are Played in Organizations

Games would be easier for people to deal with if they were purely conscious activities, limited in number, and overtly played. Unfortunately, people are often unaware that they're playing games, and a variety of games exist, many of which are covert and subtle in nature. Thus an understanding of organizational games is essential. If you're aware of the particular games you or your people play and how they affect individuals and the organization, you're in a much better position to handle them. A lack of knowledge about games allows them to thrive. The more you know, the better able you'll be to limit their damage and turn the energy of your people in more productive ...

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