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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 5. An Eye-Opening Experience: Awakening to Games

Why don't people wake up and stop playing counterproductive games? We've tried to answer that question earlier from an organizational perspective, explaining the common obstacles that allow games to flourish in all types of companies. But now we'd like to shift our focus to an individual perspective, because it's crucial for you to view games both individually and organizationally. Here and in the next two chapters, we want to address the three-step process you can use to emerge from a game-playing state and recognize that you have other options than to participate in or ignore the games that are being played.

The three steps of what we call the ACE method are Awakening, Choice, and Execution. ...

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