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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 10. Games at the Top: The Impact of Playing in the Executive Suite

While interviewing various managers and leaders for this book, we often heard words to the effect of, "It's tough to do anything about the games in this company if you're not the CEO. It all starts at the top." At first, we viewed these comments as excuses for not taking action against games; the excuses being a form of the Victim game. Although we still don't believe that this is a completely legitimate excuse—we've seen people make choices to deal effectively with games in their areas even when CEOs aren't behind the effort—we have realized that the CEO and his or her senior management team have the power to influence, originate, diminish, or catalyze game playing in ...

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