Modern Middle Manager
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Weekend Reading

Monday, May 05, 2003  

Few, if any, corporations will hand you promotions or awards strictly based on merit. Corporate politicking is what positions people to attain what they want. This weekend's reading was by James Carville and Paul Begala called
Buck Up, Suck Up... and Come Back When You Foul Up.
Carville and Begala, in a Southern, down-home, folksy manner that begs for a dope-slap, outline their twelve principles for success in politics. Most of these seem intuitively true. In my own professional career I can see where I've used several of these principles. I found their discussion of "How to Communicate", "Frame the Debate" and "Know What to do When You Win" to cast some interesting light on those subjects. This book could be some help as a starting point for those wondering how to play the game.

On the other hand, except for their successes with the Clintons, most of their political efforts have yielded a litany of failures that they've chronicled (to their credit) within this book. They believe it was their hard work and dedication that led them to the apex of success rather than any other explanation, such as tapping into the prevailing zeitgeist. As such, maybe the only truly concrete lesson worth taking from this that they got this book printed before they left another 20 years of political failure in their wake.

posted by Henry Jenkins | 5/05/2003 01:36:00 PM

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