I Wish I'd Known That Earlier in My Career: The Power of Positive Workplace Politics
Designed to provide the reader with an understanding of corporate politics from a positive perspective, I Wish I'd Known That Earlier in My Career uses case studies to teach the essentials of organizational dynamics, power networks, and the decision-making processes and dilemmas involved in business. Examining corporate politics and the barriers many managers face in their efforts to reach the top, the book works to build awareness and strategies for business and career success.
Taking a refreshing new approach to workplace politics, the book presents new ways to think about embracing opportunities in order to achieve personal and organization-wide career satisfaction. Rather than encouraging employees to move on and start their own businesses, it instead details how to move up within their current companies by learning to understand power bases and conversation more thoroughly.
- Combines individual case studies and real life situations with helpful tips and techniques designed to help overcome corporate challenges
- Each chapter tells a story that illustrates a constructive concept that can be easily learned and applied in the real world
- Covers topics including: political savvy, the benefits of self-promotion, performance management, sexual harassment, and other organizational challenges
Essential reading for anyone looking to move forward in their professional life, I Wish I'd Known That Earlier in My Career provides genuinely helpful advice in a highly accessible, easily applicable way.
Introduction: Why We Don’t Move Ahead—Politics xvii
Chapter 1 The How and Why of Positive Politics 1
Chapter 2 Becoming Savvy 11
Chapter 3 Surviving the Ebbs and Flows of Power 35
Chapter 4 Taking Things at Face Value: Trust, But Verify 49
Chapter 5 Mapping Power: Who’s In and Who’s Out 71
Chapter 6 Managing Perceptions 85
Chapter 7 Reputation and Brand Management: What’s Your Story? 97
Chapter 8 The Spoken Word: Gender and Culture Issues 107
Chapter 9 The Politics of Performance Management 121
Chapter 10 Power, Politics and Sex 135
—Tiffany Dufu President, The White House Project
"The world of work is a self-interested world, and that means politics is always a factor. Jane Horan does a stunning job clarifying whats going on and what you need to see and take seriously. Her point: Politics is—neither good nor bad until you interact with them. She wants to help you make them a positive. After reading the advice she gives, I suggest you let her."
—Samuel A. Culbert Professor, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Author (with Lawrence Rout) of Get Rid of the Performance Review: How Companies Can Stop Intimidating, Start Managing and Focus On What Really Matters
"Using her many experiences, Jane Horan has managed in this book to re-frame the way we think about politics—a critical yet undervalued leadership skill."
—Philippe Gas President and Chief Executive Officer, Euro Disney SAS
"Anyone working in an organization of more than one will benefit from this very readable book on "politics". Often a derogatory term, politics and the ability to understand and manage power is an important leadership skill essential to getting things done and reaching goals for any organization. Readers will enjoy the many case studies as they reflect on how they can improve their own interpersonal skills."
—Professor Steven J. DeKrey Senior Associate Dean and Director of Masters Programs, HKUST
"This book reveals what it means to be savvy within an organization so that employees can build an authentic and thriving career plan. More importantly, it motivates people to better align and sell their innovative ideas. This should be a required text in MBA programs."
—Drew Boyd Executive Director, MS-Marketing Program, and Assistant Professor-Educator of Marketing and Innovation, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati
New book from organizational expert Jane Horan shows how companies can retain top talent and increase diversity by becoming more ‘politically savvy’.
Companies that embrace rather than deny corporate politics and learn to use it positively can boost talent retention and increase diversity, according to a ground-breaking book by renowned organizational consultant, Jane Horan. Her corporate guide to political savvy – ‘I wish I’d Known That Earlier In My Career, The Power of Positive Workplace Politics’ – is published by John Wiley & Sons this month in Singapore, prior to a worldwide roll-out in November.
Ms. Horan, whose 20-year career in organizational development and human resources, has included senior roles at large multinationals such as Kraft Foods and The Walt Disney Company, now leads her own strategic consultancy, The Horan Group, based in Singapore.
“This book is about politics. Not merely the bullying or intimidating aspect, but the subtleties – what your feel and sense, but can’t articulate. One reason for writing this book was to coax the elephant into the room,” says Ms. Horan. “My work has given me an unshakeable belief that companies of all shapes and sizes frequently lose top talent because they ignore politics. This is disastrous in today’s global marketplace where companies need diversity in gender, culture and age to increase competitiveness and drive innovation and entrepreneurship across all business segments and borders.”
‘I wish I’d Known That Earlier In My Career’ reveals how to navigate a successful course through the corridors of power with strategies for common scenarios such as managing new bosses, recognizing barriers in selling ideas or getting promoted, surviving racism and sexual harassment. “Neither organizations nor colleagues teach political savvy, and few managers learn the necessary skills until it is too late,” says Ms. Horan.
A corporate bible for executives at every level, ‘I wish I’d Known That Earlier In My Career’ shows professionals how to create a personal power map and harness the power of positive politics without compromising their integrity or values. It also shares compelling stories and case studies about the politically aware and unaware that the author gathered from executives across industries and cultures in Asia and the West.