Discussions on book: Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played?
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Publisher: HarperBusiness
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Pages: 309
Book club: The art of work & career
Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played?
I found the book a bit cheesy, a "feel good" kind of book ... Based on this book bosses are always good and…
Mindstrim.com
at 8pm on 4/7/2018

I found the book a bit cheesy, a "feel good" kind of book ... Based on this book bosses are always good and right, and full of wisdom which is often based on the inside information you are not (supposed to be) aware of. All blame must be on you ...

The book doesn't address the actual scarcity of jobs in the current market and cruel competition for workplaces, and how it affects internal environment at companies.

The book is based on the rosy premises that if you are not fond of your current boss, job or company, you can either do something with yourself (learn, become more political, get patience, etc) or just easily quit and move on to the next opportunity that is always around the corner and will surely be more exciting.

It doesn't work this way any longer, and even the author's "eternal optimism" salesman attitude can't compensate for the lack of practical usefulness of the book. And the book is relatively fresh, of 2016, so the author was supposed to be more grounded by that time (if he didn't start the book in 1960s and decided not to change the book's concept since then).

Useful suggestion to observe objectively the health of the corporate environment you got in. The author…
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at 11pm on 11/13/2017

Useful suggestion to observe objectively the health of the corporate environment you got in. The author also suggests a brief questionnaire that would help you in such reconnaissance. It can hep you navigate in the politics in that environment.

He is right that some people having being entrenched in unhealthy environments for years are losing such "compass" - ability to objectively assess how healthy the organization is.

Interesting thought on loyalty. Companies are trying to make employees "loyal" to them because it saves…
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at 5pm on 10/21/2018

Interesting thought on loyalty. Companies are trying to make employees "loyal" to them because it saves money by reducing turnaround, etc. But there is no obligation of loyalty in return: "HR are there with you until they aren't" frown 

So perhaps it's more honest not to propel this "loyalty" or "we're one family" corporate thing and just accept employees for what they are "mercenaries" as pointed out in this book? Well ... such honesty would probably need to come with higher pay and other motivational benefits like shared ownership?

There is actually even a book about what's been happening with loyalty (its factual disappearance): The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America.