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Games at Work
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How managers can put the breaks on needless games before they spiral out of control This groundbreaking book gives managers the tools to "diagnose" the games that people play in an organization Gotcha, Gossip, Blame, Pecking Order and shows how to free people's energy for more productive purposes. Using a three-step process entitled ACE (Awakening, Choice, Execution) for reducing games, the authors also include specific examples from global companies that illustrate both the games and how to reduce them and offer a broader organizational perspective. Mauricio Goldstein (Sao Paulo, Brazil) is founder of Pulsus Consulting Group, a consulting company focused on organizational transformation. He works with leaders in Fortune 500 companies throughout Latin America, North America, Europe and Africa. Philip Read (Lausanne, Switzerland) has held senior positions in human resources at a number of Fortune 100 companies over 21 years in more than 60 countries. He has won a number of awards for his work including the PricewaterhouseCoopers "Most Innovative HR Department Award."
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Table of Contents

Foreword (Kevin Cashman). Introduction. 1 LET THE GAMES BEGIN. What Games Are and How They Are Played in Organizations. 2 PLAYING TO LOSE. The Negative Impact of Games on Core Business Activities. 3 FERTILE GROUND. Why Games Are So Pervasive in Modern Corporations. 4 EYES WIDE SHUT. Why People Don t Deal with Games at Work. 5 AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE. Awakening to Games. 6 COUNT ME OUT. Choosing Not to Play. 7 GAME, INTERRUPTED. Executing Your Choice. 8 INTERCONNECTIONS. How Games Are Linked In to an Ecology. 9 THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE. Toward a Games-Conscious Model of Transformation. 10 GAMES AT THE TOP. The Impact of Playing in the Executive Suite. 11 A SUSTAINABLE GOAL. Transforming Organizations in Small but Signifi cant Ways. Appendix: List of Games. References. Acknowledgments. About the Authors. Index.

About the Author

Mauricio Goldstein is the founder of Pulsus Consulting Group. His passion is to catalyze organizational transformations by creating a deeper connection of people and organizations to their essence. Mauricio has applied his innovative approach to a number of Fortune 500 companies, such as AstraZeneca, Cargill, J&J, Nestle, PepsiCo, Sodexo, and Schering-Plough, in Latin America, North America, Europe, and Africa. Philip Read has worked in a number of senior roles in human resources for Fortune 100 companies over the last twenty-two years. He has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Switzerland, Germany, and Spain. Philip has won a number of awards for his work, including the PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Linkage, Inc. "Most Innovative HR Department" award as part of the leadership team of HR for Dow Chemical.

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"There's nothing funny about mind games in the workplace, say the authors of this sober-minded guide to understanding underhanded office maneuvers. Simply waking up to games people play and rejecting them is a big part of the battle for executives, say the authors." -Andrea Sachs, TIME magazine, April 30, 2009

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