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Stop Playing Games at Work! How to Recognize and Reduce Office Politics

Corporate game playing has proliferated as never before, a response to highly stressful work environments and job uncertainty in a downward economy. Games offer people escape, excuses for sub-standard performance, and short cuts to deal with demanding bosses and volatile environments. Organizations must confront and neutralize these games rather than allow them to spiral out of control.

GAMES AT WORK: How to Recognize and Reduce Office Politics (Jossey-Bass; $24.95; April 2009) by Mauricio Goldstein and Phillip Read gives managers the tools to “diagnose” the games that people play in their company, and then to free people’s energy for more productive purposes, thus minimizing the damage to both the bottom line and the company dynamics.