Thriving in the office jungle

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 1 August 2000




(2000), "Thriving in the office jungle", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 100 No. 6, pp. 287-287.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Ever feel you are struggling to achieve corporate goals against colleagues’ personal interests? Teamwork is all very well but team players each have their own agendas, making office politics a certainty in all working environments. Research launched by the Institute of Management IM last week revealed that over a half of executives cite office politics as a major source of stress. Yet where there are people there are politics, and this inevitability is better handled through having an understanding of it.

Help is at hand with a book from the IM in association with publishers Hodder & Stoughton. Understanding Office Politics tells how office politics need not be destructive and can even be a positive force in the workplace, using the motivation which drives it. Managers can rid office politics of its cut‐throat connotations and turn it into a useful success tool.

The book is an addition to the IM’s Successful Business in a Week series. The books are written in a clear and simple style. A manageable chapter‐a‐day read completes the book on a contemporary workplace subject in only a week.

Understanding Office Politics takes readers through the process of identifying politics in their office, devising their own individual strategy, using personal image and communication to good effect, managing politics, spotting and taking opportunities and maintaining their ground.

Understanding Office Politics is written by Patrick Forsyth, head of Touchtone Training & Consultancy. Those keen to know more about how to thrive in, rather than merely survive the jungle, could also glean tips from other In a Week titles including: Assertiveness, Bullying at Work, Communication at Work, Difficult People, Leadership and Negotiating.

The In a Week books are available at airports, railway stations and motorway service stations, as well as in high street book shops, price £6.99 (£5.99 for IM members), or can be ordered from Lavis Marketing. Tel: 0845 7023736 or E‐mail:

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