A terrific read not only for senior leaders and executives but also for employees seeking growth in complex organizations. Goldstein and Read dissect the interpersonal dynamics that affect a company’s performance, provide a framework to understand the games that are commonly played in businesses around the world, and offer practical tools to correct these behaviors and improve the organization’s effectiveness.
Jacopo Bracco Executive Vice President DIRECTV Latin America
Whether you are an employee, manager, or CEO, this book will help you uncover the games that are going on around you and in your organization and will arm you with strategies to combat the negative effects of these games.
Corey J Seitz Vice President, Global Talent Management, Johnson & Johnson
This book is a good warning sign for organizational life. A road map of potholes and wrong turns. Written in a clear and down-to-earth way, its strength is its concreteness.
Peter Block, author, Community: The Structure of Belonging
Play or don’t play, your choice. But if you need to manage and aspire to lead, you must read Goldstein and Read’s helpful treatment of the games going on all around you all the time. Prepare to be entertained and disconcerted in equal measure.
Seán Meehan, Martin Hilti Professor of Marketing and Change Management, IMD
Goldstein and Read provide an accessible and penetrating discussion of the twenty-two most common games at work and their individual and organizational causes, business costs, and remedies. Every working person who has ever been a victim or perpetrator of political games will profit from reading Games at Work.
Harvey A. Hornstein, emeritus professor of psychology; former director of Columbia University Organizational Development Programs; and organizational consultant
What types of counterproductive games can you find in your organization? You are probably not aware of many of them, nor aware of the harmful long-term effects they produce. Reading Games at Work will increase your consciousness of the games played in the organizational arena and give you tips on how to neutralize them. An entertaining and insightful read.
Ney Simone Silva, head of human resources, Camargo Corrêa—Engineering & Construction
Goldstein and Read have identified a very important and overlooked area within organizations. Their analysis underlines how organizational games can undermine performance at both a personal and organizational level. Vigilance is needed if high performance is to be achieved.
Norman Walker, senior advisor, TPG
Outstanding way to describe in simple words and with a good sense of humor the real dynamics of corporate life. Games at Work is a must-read for newcomers and experienced people in global business who want to understand better how to identify and ‘play’ these unavoidable corporate games!
Mauricio M. Adade, president, DSM Nutritional Products, Human Nutrition and Health
Deep insights into not only the corridors and meeting rooms but also the ‘minds’ of organizations! A must-read
for everyone who wants to be aware of games played in big organizations but not necessarily abide by their rules.
Tarek Rabah, marketing company president, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Gulf region
An entertaining and practical tool kit for recognizing and correcting dysfunctional behavior in the workplace. With their vast experience working in many countries around the world and grounded in their rigorous research, Goldstein and Read serve as cultural anthropologists in credibly describing the games that the reader may never have noticed before and now recognize as true. This book is a must-read for all who are committed to improving the communications and culture of their organizations.
Tom Gross, founder and managing partner, Genesis Consulting Group
Games at Work will help you recognize and reduce the unproductive games employees play in your organization.
Eric Poll, founder, OrgInt—Organisational Intelligence; former corporate vice president of human resources, Leica Geosystems