by Andrea Sachs
April 30, 2009
There's nothing funny about mind games in the workplace, say the authors of this sober-minded guide to understanding underhanded office maneuvers. Such games include "the boss said" (invoking the name of a rainmaker, sometimes falsely, to get your way), stealing credit and--that time-tested misdeed--scurrilous gossiping. Simply waking up to games people play and rejecting them is a big part of the battle for executives, say the authors. But don't expect to zap all games: that's "akin to trying to stop employees from daydreaming."