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  • Published: 7 February 2013
  • ISBN: 9781409005575
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Office Politics

How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks




A fascinating exposè of office culture, in the style of bestselling Affluenza, from popular psychologist Oliver James

Success at work now depends less and less on how good you are at specific skills and more and more on office politics. Often thought of as a dirty word, office politics is in fact an inevitable part of working life and is a major contributor to a successful career.

With only 11 per cent of people now employed in making things, such as the manufacturing industry, the great majority of us work in jobs where relationships are crucial. Intelligence tests account for about one quarter of how well people do in their careers; office politics skills accounts for most of the rest. Including real-life stories, questionnaires and advice based on science, this book provides a fascinating insight into the world of office politics.

  • Pub date: 7 February 2013
  • ISBN: 9781409005575
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

Oliver James

Oliver James trained and practised as a child clinical psychologist and, since 1988, has worked as a writer, journalist and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include Juvenile Violence in a Winner-Loser Culture, the bestselling They F*** You Up, Affluenza and Contented Dementia. He is a trustee of two children's charities: the National Family and Parenting Institute and Homestart.

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Praise for Office Politics

“I can't remember the last time I read such a useful and eye-opening book. But be warned: after reading it, you may never want to go to work again.”

Mail on Sunday

“Oliver James is excellent at showing why social scientists think that the surge in material affluence can produce the opposite of happiness.”

Avner Offer, Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford


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