How To Survive In An Organization

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Jim Heaphey unravels the layers of organizational life exposing the myths upon which corporations and organizations rely for their very existence. Examined are the dual myths of management wisdom and performance evaluation. Examined also is the makeup of people in groups and the human condition; the nature of power; and the managerial tactics of manipulation used to control people singularly or in the group. The author presents tactics and strategies for dealing with all of these aspects and more. How To Survive In An Organization is for the realist who is willing to look at organizational life as it really is and is anxious to find a way to survive and succeed.

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How to Survive in an Organization is an unusual book. It charts a never-before course for the "ways and means" of fuctioning in a large organization, public or private, profit or non-profit. In the world of excessive wordage and visual manipulation called "spin" the imagery often presented in the organization is often illusory bordering on myth. Factor in human behavior, which is not always predictable nor benign, and you have a setting that demands understanding. And as that understanding is presented to you the reader- particularly if you have any organizational experience- your head will nod in agreement and wonder, as you turn the pages

Author and Organization Expert James Heaphey brings that understanding to you, by starting with disillusionment. By cutting through the images and concepts and myths presented as corporate and organizational "truths," he presnts the real truth to you about organizational structure, its power, and its mythology, in all its nakedness. Then calling on his years of being on the drawing board of organizational design, he offers you the necessary strategies and tactics to cope and succeed.

This is a book that will shake and amuse you. With a surgical sense of humor, Heaphey cuts into the concepts that we take for granted as being "truths." You will smile, perhaps even laugh,when he presents you with the realities you never saw previously. It is the ultimate book about organizational power and structure, how to deal with it and how to hook into it, by an individual who consulted on structure for some of the largest organizations in the world.

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Think of this book as being like a jungle survival guide. There are things you must learn about being in a jungle: such as never run from a jaguar, walk toward it shouting and clapping your hand, always run from dangerous snakes and stay away from most insects.There is no shortage of jaguars, snakes and insects in organizations; however, unfortunately for you, they disguise themselves better.

Most people learn about these things as they try to maintain their compusure forty or more hours a week.The longer they've been at it. the more, I beleive,they will nod in agreement as they turn the pages of the book. Organizations are probably more like jungles these days because of the white-water economy; however, all organizations - public or private, not-for-profit, religious and military-have always been a survival game. This book helps guide you through your jungle safely. How much it helps depends, of course, on you, on how much you can embrace the strategic principles and how much you can adopt the tactics recommended.

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