In organizations today, getting work done requires political and collaborative skills. That’s why the first edition of this book has been widely adopted as a guide for consultants, project leaders, staff experts, and anyone else who does not have direct authority but who is nevertheless accountable for results. In this revised edition, leadership gurus Allan Cohen and David Bradford explain how to get cooperation from those over whom you have no official authority by offering them help in the form of the “currencies” they value. This classic work, now revised and updated, gives you powerful techniques for cutting through interpersonal and interdepartmental barriers, and motivating people to lend you their support, time, and resources.
From Publishers Weekly
This guide by management consultant Cohen and Stanford University Graduate School of Business professor Bradford skillfully demonstrates, with numerous examples, how managers and other employees can achieve their career objectives--as well as those of their companies--by forming mutually advantageous alliances. Urging patient planning of strategies, the authors offer advice on coping with turf rivalries, handling delicate inter-level relations and tips on how to bypass rules and foster managerial flexibility and innovation. Macmillan's Executive Program dual main selection; Fortune Book club alternate.
From Library Journal
Cohen and Bradford are business professors, the former at Babson College and the latter at Stanford, and both have extensive backgrounds in management consulting. Here, they have devised a number of scenarios to illustrate situations in which particular techniques of influencing co-workers can be utilized to effect a desired result. Very few real-world examples are employed, leaving the reader searching for some concrete applications of the techniques discussed. Consequently, the book reads more like an academic text on influence. Readers would be better served with Dale Carnegie's classic How To Win Friends and Influence People or Harvey MacKay's Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive ( LJ 4/15/88). Recommended for academic and large public libraries.