Are you talented and hardworking, but your career isn t accelerating as rapidly as you want it to? Workplace Poker can help you understand and overcome your own blind spots as well as the obstructions and difficult people holding you back.
It can be frustrating to watch others achieve great success while your own career trajectory is average, especially if the uber-successful are clearly less talented or less ethical. Or if they don t work as hard as you, or if they play the game of office politics better than you. You can choose to be annoyed and indignant about the unfairness, or you can decide to do something about it. Workplace Poker is a master course in career management designed to drive career advancement in a positive and ethical manner, with proven strategies to accelerate your career path.
Career adviser Dan Rust shares the stories of many people who had lackluster career progress or were hampered by setbacks, but were able to turn things around and boost their professional momentum by playing the game under the game. They learned to think more deeply and act more strategically. They gained insight into what their colleagues at work were doing and developed the skills needed to promote themselves. They learned to turn every adversity into advantage and every struggle into strength.
This book will help you
recognize your own blind spots, and learn how to fix them;
learn about corporate anthropology and complex human relationships in your work environment;
accept full responsibility for your own career missteps and failures, then develop action plans to turn them around;
master authentic self-promotion, without feeling that you re bragging;
achieve the mental and physical energy necessary to supercharge your career.
Smart, funny, and conversational, Rust shares insight gained from more than twenty years of helping individuals turn run-of-the-mill jobs into high-
flying careers. If your work life is just beginning, this book is the perfect springboard. If you are in a later stage of your career, you ll wish you had read it decades ago. But there is still time to give your career a boost, and this book has many examples of late-stage career turnarounds.
In Workplace Poker, you will learn how to get out of your own way and find the success you ve always wanted.
Advance Praise For Workplace Poker
This book is like a set of X-ray vision goggles: you ll be able to see what s happening under the surface at work, and prepare for whatever may be ahead, be it a layoff, reorg, product change, or power shift. Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times bestseller Triggers
When it comes to organizational disruptions, we ve all been there; either ignoring or denying the signals of impending doom only to realize our blind spots too late. Rust provides great insights and tips so that we can avoid having to say, I never saw that coming ever again. I only wish I could have read Workplace Poker thirty years ago. Eric Doner, president and CEO, AchieveCorp
Workplace Poker introduces a powerful suite of skills, strategies, and insights that can help you accelerate your career beyond the self-imposed limits of your own mind a must-read for anyone interested in discovering what it takes to compete and win in today s complex business environment. Andre Vlcek, managing director, Sales Psychology Australia
We all know that in the modern business environment, talent and hard work are important, but only part of the career success recipe. This book provides you with the rest of the ingredients. Cynthia Kyriazis, productivity strategist
I want all of my employees to read Workplace Poker. It s not just about office politics. It s about how to self-promote properly, how to become more accountable, deal with other people in a decent manner, foster teamwork, and make sure that your own career progress matches the hard work and talent you bring to the business. Steve Groves, president, Due North Outdo