I Didn't See It Coming : The Only Book You'll Ever Need to Avoid Being Blindsided in Business

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-04-20
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Praise For I Didn't See It Coming "In the fiercely competitive world of business, these authors learned how to play the game with skill and competence. They are uniquely qualified to teach others the rules of the workplace." -PETER A. LUND, former president and chief executive officer, CBS, Inc. "I Didn't See It Coming could change the way you think about your career and redefine your strategy to succeed in a corporation." -ROBERT T. CORNELL, Managing Director, Lehman Brothers Inc. "Candid and savvy, this book is the ultimate corporate politics rulebook. It provides clear and shrewd strategies to reach the corner office. Keep this book at your side at all times!" -LYNNE DOMINICK, former publisher, Everyday Food magazine "I Didn't See It Coming should be the bible for those climbing the corporate ladder. Every chapter gives me more and more critical strategies for reading the room and maneuvering through internal corporate politics." -JASON JORDAN, Senior Sales Representative, T-Mobile "In today's incredibly complex world, even the best leaders can make mistakes that prove fatal. In our work, we see it time and time again through our clients and executives. This book provides a very useful way to be better prepared to avoid those simple yet fatal mistakes." -JERRY NOONAN, Partner, Spencer Stuart

Author Biography

Nancy C. Widmann was the first woman president at CBS, Inc. She managed CBS Radio for eight years and was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2005. She serves as a coach for senior managers and frequently speaks on corporate politics and strategy.

Dr. Elaine J. Eisenman is Dean of Executive Education at Babson College. She holds a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology and has over twenty-five years of experience as a consultant, business executive, and board director for both publicly and privately held companies.

Amy Dorn Kopelan moved upward for twenty years through the executive ranks at ABC Television and managed programming at Good Morning America for nine years. She is President of Bedlam Entertainment, Inc., a conference management company, and founder of coach me Inc., which provides group coaching for mid-level managers in Fortune 500 companies.
For more information or to contact the authors go to: www.blindsidedthebook.com or www.ididntseeitcomingthebook.com

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
So Who Are We?
How This Book Is Different
Managing Minefields
Can You See It Coming?
Exit Strategies and Why You Need Onep. 1
An Exit Strategy: What It Is and Isn't
Creating Your Exit Strategy
Negotiating the End at the Beginning
Taking the Reinsp. 21
A Smart Start
Setting the Course
Watch Out for Imprints in the Sand
Have You Been Chosen over Your Peers?
Looking the Part
The House of Mirrors, or How to Keep Your Perspectivep. 47
Sizing Up the Team
Overstepping Boundaries
The Unanticipated Pitfall
Out of Sight Should
Never Mean Out of Mind
One More Look in the Mirror
Comrades, Coalitions, and Competitorsp. 67
Your Own Band of Brothers or Sisters or Siblings or...
When Good Allies Go Bad
It's Not Always Fair Play
The Trouble with Teamsp. 89
Analyze Your Team
Manage Your Image
Think Like an Owner
The Corporate League
Strategies for Psyching Out the Team Dynamic
Surviving a New Bossp. 109
I Love the Smell of Chaos in the Morning
And the Winner Is...
When Your Peer Gets the Nod
Managing the Rank above Youp. 133
The Playbook Perception Traps
Hidden Influents, or the Art of Managing Corporate Staffp. 153
Financial Juggernaut
Bodies, Benefits, and Boundaries
Negotiators and Regulators
Rogue Influents
Know Who Your Friends Are-and Aren't
The I-Didn't-See-It-Coming Momentp. 177
Ten Red Flags and What They Really Mean
Wielding Your Power on the Day of Reckoning
The Four Laws of Survival
Notesp. 193
Indexp. 197
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