Turf and Other Corporate Power Plays

In today’s corporate environment, a manager’s “turf” is the sum total of all the resources and personnel he or she controls. Unfortunately, managers are often more concerned with protecting their own piece of turf than with strengthening the organization as a whole. The results of turf power plays can be devastating: fiefdoms proliferate, communications break down, needed information is stockpiled rather than shared, and manipulation and mistrust among co-workers spreads. Ultimately, the practice of turf building and protection creates barriers to the growth of the business and the people in it – the turf builders included.

It is possible to rise above the turf game and acquire power based on performance and results. Turf and Other Corporate Power Plays tells the story of Larry Michaelson and his 12-year corporate climb from the ranks of manager-trainee to Chief Marketing Officer. Larry learns all the manipulations and games intended to protect turf... like stockpiling and using information harmful or embarrassing to adversaries, using dictatorial managing tactics, and setting up co-workers for failure. He also learns, sometimes the hard way, how these same tactics can undermine a manager’s career.

Through periodic discussions with his retired friend and mentor, Bill Werth, Larry discovers how to use the tools necessary for actively avoiding involvement in corporate politics. Werth also shows Larry how managers can build a power base built on the kind of personal performance that gets results, visibility, recognition, and credibility.

Through Larry’s interactions with his peers, his subordinates, his managers and his mentor, the reader learns:

• How to select the most appropriate influence strategy given a particular set of organizational circumstances;

• Ways to avoid being manipulated by others while strengthening your own power base;

• Strategies for creating a network of supporters throughout an organization who will help you accomplish your goals;

• Techniques for determining who really makes things happen in an organization – regardless of what the official organization chart says.

Selected Works

Psychology/Aging and Dying
In youth we are invincible. The world is forever: we are forever. But, sentient creatures that we are, time inevitably plays its part. Aging and illness shadow those early sensibilities until one day we feel the lurking presence of death itself. Fearful of our own dark thoughts, too often we keep such anxieties to ourselves. To deny our own mortality is a parlor game of sorts, played within our own heads and frequently played alone. Pamela Cuming will have none of it. In her latest book, The Hourglass, she throws back the parlor curtains and lets the light stream in. This is a powerful, objective, unflinching, and yet profoundly empathic work that explores the rewards of honest caring⎯the privilege and the pain⎯not only for one’s friends and family but also for one’s self. Drawing upon an uncanny intuitive understanding of human foible plus a broad knowledge of character development, honed from decades of consulting in the business world, this is a book filled with personal stories both engaging and instructive. In short, The Hourglass is a must read for all those who seek to live life to the full, from start to finish. ________________ Peter C. Whybrow MD, Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Beavior at UCLA and award-winning author of The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived.
Fiction: Publication Date Nov 14, 2014
Set in New York City and Los Angeles between August 1999 and November 2001, The Stranger Box is the story of a mother and a daughter caught like two white dwarf stars in separate orbits, destined to collide. Though she does everything in her considerable power to insure the child never finds out who she is, the vain and self-obsessed Katherine Blair is unable to change the course of her destiny or evade Eden, the resourceful daughter whose pursuit is fueled by the desire for revenge and the determination to steal the family that has been denied her.
Memoir
Widow’s Walk is a bold, brave, and candid admission of bereavement, weakness, and, ultimately, strength.
Nonfiction
A strategic guide to organizational and personal effectiveness
Turf is a direct, and sometimes disturbing book about the use and abuse of power in organizations.

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