New Book by Office-Politics Adviser Timothy Johnson
If you’re a regular reader of this site, you’ll know how Timothy combines lively humor and insightful, down-to-earth advice to help people make positive change happen in the workplace and their careers. Here’s a classic piece of “Timothy Johnson” advice from his letter to Twisted Tornado of office politics:
“The first three universal rules about dealing with office politics:
1) inhale 2) exhale 3) repeat. OK, now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s deal with your problem head on. Yes, bad people do get promoted because of their upward relationships.”
SWAT takes that same “head on” approach to problems (and to managing the bad guys). The book centers around using systems thinking to plan out accomplishments. Staying with the business “fable” format of his first two books, SWAT tells the story of Toby Donovan, a middle manager tasked with “improving the processes” of his company’s call center. With some advice and mentoring on systems thinking from his cousin, Rex, who is the local SWAT commander, Toby learns that “Systems Working All Together” can be the best “Special Weapons and Tactics” available.
The SWAT metaphor comes from his real-life experience as a volunteer for the local SWAT team as their training photographer. This brings an engaging realism to the story, which is backed up by over two decades of experience in project management and strategic business solutioning for such companies as Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Teva Pharmaceuticals, ING, Wells Fargo, and many others. Timothy has managed projects ranging from a $14 billion class action lawsuit settlement to HIPAA compliance, from software conversion to process reengineering, from strategic IT alignment to automated decisioning, from producing a training video to creating a project office environment.
SWAT offers innovative solutions and ideas that readers will be able to implement immediately — if they can just do this: “Seize the Accomplishment.”
Buy the book: SWAT – Seize the Accomplishment retails for $14.95 and is available on Amazon.com and other online retailers.
About the Author:
Timothy Johnson is Chief Accomplishment Officer at Carpe Factum. He is currently an adjunct professor at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, teaching MBA classes in Leadership, Managing Office Politics, Creativity for Business, and Project Management. An accomplished speaker, Timothy has enthusiastically informed and entertained audiences across the nation on the topics of project communication, office politics, creativity, and meeting management.
Other books by Timothy L Johnson: Race Through The Forest – A Project Management Fable (Tiberius, © 2006, 2009) GUST – The “Tale” Wind of Office Politics (Lexicon, © 2007)
Contact Lexicon (Des Moines, Iowa) for additional details.
Phone (515) 243-4615