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"How to Make Big Career Decisions: Don't Tack
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Forbes Leadership Forum
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"To win at the career game, you'll need to know
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The New Zealand Herald
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"A New Model for Picking the Next CEO:
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Benzinga
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Leadership Continuity at MetLife (blog)
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Should Your Facebook Friends Ever Meet Your
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Nate Bennett and Stephen Miles discuss why keeping your Facebook and LinkedIn friends separate is a smart career move.
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Charlie Sheen's Career Game (blog)
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Your Career Game Blog
Tue, Mar 1, 2011 1:45 PM

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"The game is on— study these lessons and win at your career!"
— Marshall Goldsmith, author of the bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There, Succession: Are You Ready? and MOJO

"This pragmatic approach to understanding your career is evergreen— no matter the economic conditions, there will always be tough competition for the best jobs."
— Ram Charan, coauthor of the bestseller Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and author of Leadership in the Era of Uncertainty

"You're playing a game whether you know it or not. Your Career Game is a guide to navigating the challenges of one's career, and how treating it like the competition it is can give one a leg up in the long run. Playing a meta game with the other people out for one's job (and after landing the job!) can do much for one's career success. A top pick with a wealth of sage advice."
Midwest Book Review, June 2010

 

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it's your move

CoverWe compete for jobs: the more desirable the job, the tougher the competition. Most people readily understand this. But, fewer people recognize that the pursuit of an open job can be framed as one "move" in a multifaceted game called "a career." Individuals who see the career game for what it is- a fascinating, complex, nuanced, real-life, multiplayer maze that unfolds in real time-can develop into better players. Those who do have a better chance of successfully competing for the positions that will enable them to realize their goals.

 

Authors Nathan Bennett and Stephen A. Miles demonstrate how game theory can help readers to understand and proactively take charge of their career strategy. They first show how game theory can teach readers to manage the interdependencies and interconnectedness among coworkers, managers, and others in a manner that supports their career efforts. Second, they show how readers can become better players.

 

In addition, the book includes conversations with a wide range of successful professionals such as Ursula Burns (Xerox), Stephen Elop (Microsoft), Marius Kloppers (BHP Billiton), Ken Frazier (Merck), and Liz McCartney (The St. Bernard Project), and discusses how their career moves demonstrate elements of a game theory approach to career management. This is a must-read, strategic guide for all those who seek to advance their careers and navigate today's job market.