Workplace Poker

  • by Dan Rust
  • Narrated by Dan Rust, Rick Adamson
  • 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A career advisor explains why many talented, hardworking people often miss out on their full career potential, revealing the tells, blind spots, secrets, and unspoken rules you need to know in order to play the game to win.
While many careers have been impacted by economic downturns, failed projects, downsizing and restructuring, or just bad bosses or bad timing, we all know of colleagues who continue to rise through every tough situation. Most assume that they have advantages that protect them - degrees from the right schools, great mentors, influential friends and family, or just better luck. But these hypersuccessful professionals have faced setbacks, too. Instead of allowing challenges to derail their rises, they've learned how to manage them better.
In Workplace Poker, Dan Rust gives you the strategies you need to accelerate your career and prevent setbacks from stalling your progress or spiraling it downward. The trick, he reveals, is to "play the game under the game" - to think more deeply and act more strategically. If you are talented, ambitious, and hardworking but feel your career just isn't accelerating as rapidly as it should or as fast as you would like it to, this book is for you. If you have been frustrated to see others (less talented, who don't work as hard as you do) achieve rapid professional progress while your career stalls out, this book is for you. If you've been annoyed by those who are successful primarily because of where they went to school, family connections, or financial resources, this book is for you.
Rust gives you the insight and skills you need to transform yourself and adapt to and survive any hurdle - to turn every adversity into advantage and every struggle into strength, including:


Recognition of your own "blind spots" and what to do about them
Mastering strategic and authentic self-promotion
Enhancing your personal charm and likeability
Achieving the high energy, both mental and physical, necessary to drive an exceptional career trajectory
Developing an interest in "corporate anthropology" and the complex human dimensions of business
Neutralizing the career-stalling impact of difficult or dysfunctional colleagues
Deeply owning and learning from career missteps and failures

In his smart, funny, relatable voice, Rust shares stories of individuals who have applied these capabilities in real-world situations and provides short, focused exercises to help you think about yourself and your own career. With Workplace Poker, you'll learn how to get out of your own way and find the success you deserve.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Solid Advice and Good Example Stories

Where does Workplace Poker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is in the top 10 of the audiobooks I've listened to so far.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Workplace Poker?

The section about creating a performance portfolio and using it during annual reviews.


Have you listened to any of Dan Rust and Rick Adamson ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not listened to any of Dan or Rick's other books before. I will be seeking them out though, that's for sure.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but I was always happy when it was time to listen again. I listen on my way into work each morning and I always arrived at work with a positive attitude and ideas for building my career.


Any additional comments?

Lots of good resources on the website that are referenced in the book.

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- Kim Dushinski

Put to practice, the principles are sound

Again, you have to put the principles to practice for this to be effective. easy listen, with some insightful stories. Glad to have downloaded it.
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- DnvrSprtsFn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio