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‘Dear Office-Politics’ Snags Axiom Book Award

Photo imposition of Axiom Award medal on Dear Office-Politics book cover
March 17, 2010 -– Toronto, Canada

Dear Office-Politics, the game everyone plays is the winner of a 2010 Axiom Business Book Award.

Franke James’ innovative game-book was awarded the Bronze Medal in the HR/Employee Training category. Dear Office-Politics is a role-playing game that encourages lively discussion of workplace issues. It helps people exercise their ethical muscles, analyze power, increase empathy, and understand why the “right” course of action is actually in their — and the company’s best interests.

jamesAuthor Franke James responded, “It’s really exciting that Axiom chose to recognize Dear Office-Politics — because it’s a radical departure from standard business books. It’s a Game and a Book — all rolled into one. It’s filled with fun, splashy, full-color graphics. It looks very entertaining. But at its core, it’s an educational, training game that sneaks up and surprises people. You can learn a lot by observing how your coworkers “explain” their ethical decisions. And gain deeper insight — and empathy — into why people behave the way they do.

“So, it’s just great fun that Axiom chose to give it an award. I’m thrilled! On behalf of all the Office-Politics advisers who have helped me in creating this book — and the many people who have written into the site since 2002, I want to thank Axiom for this award! Yeah!! It’s a special victory. Thank you!”

Axiom Award Honors the Best Business Books in North America

Axiom Award medalThe Axiom Business Book Awards are dedicated to identifying the best business books published each year for the North American market. The awards are highly competitive and attract entries from a wide range of publishers. The Axiom Awards are the only U.S.-based award contest focused solely on business books. The awards are presented by Jenkins Group Inc., a Michigan-based book publishing company that has operated the IPPY Book Awards since 1996. Sponsors also include Inc. Magazine and PR firm, Padilla Speer Beardsley.

Dear Office-Politics merges education and entertainment to teach ethics

Dear Office-Politics, the game everyone plays is the dilemma-based social game that teaches you how to play (and laugh at) office politics. Players step into the role of “Office-Politics Advisers” and offer their best, sage advice on thorny issues (drawing on the well-known fact that everyone knows what the other person should do to fix their problems!) It provides a safe way to discuss difficult workplace issues, as well as the opportunity to practice ethical decision-making and creative problem-solving. (And it gives workers the opportunity to observe how their colleagues make ethical decisions — which can be very revealing!)

“Brings sensitive issues out into the open in a non-threatening way!”

In December, 2009, the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium featured games from the Dear Office-Politics book in presentations to over 400 attendees. Shannon Warren, Founder said, “We used two of the scenarios to facilitate group discussions and they certainly provided some thought-provoking opportunities. This book is a wonderful tool to use in bringing sensitive issues out into the open in a non-threatening way that results in constructive processing. I highly recommend it! I have personally enjoyed the book and especially love the graphics! This was one of our most successful programs and the feedback from participants has been terrific!”

Seven years of research

Dear Office-Politics represents over seven years of research. Each game dilemma is based on an actual letter that was submitted to OfficePolitics.com since it was founded in 2002. The ethics game was invented by author, artist and site founder, Franke James.

Unique collaboration

Dear Office-Politics is a unique collaborative effort designed to help people play the office politics game better — and improve their ability to positively influence their workplace. Over the past seven years, author Franke James has cajoled, persuaded and gently arm-twisted a talented roster of authors, executive coaches, HR trainers, lawyers and marketing experts to help answer hundreds of letters sent into the site from around the world. The Office-Politics Advisers featured in the game book include:

Erika Andersen is the author of Being Strategic and founder of Proteus International, where she has served as consultant and advisor to CEOs and top executives around the world.
Dr. John Burton LL.B. M.B.A. M.Div. Ph.D. is an ethicist, mediator, lawyer and theologian. He teaches Personal and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Faculty of Management at the University of British Columbia.
Rick Brandon
, Ph.D. is coauthor of Survival of the Savvy and CEO of Brandon Partners, where he has consulted and trained tens of thousands, including Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries.
Marty Seldman, Ph.D. is one of the world’s most experienced and successful executive coaches and is President of Seldman Executive Development Programs. He is coauthor of Survival of the Savvy and Executive Stamina.
Jennifer Glueck Bezoza specializes in leadership development and career coaching. Through her work in Organizational Development at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Jennifer designs leadership development programs, and coaches teams and individuals.
Timothy Johnson is the author of SWAT: Seize the accomplishment. At Carpe Factum, Inc. he helps  individuals and organizations “seize the accomplishment” through effective project management, strategic facilitation, and business process improvement.
John A. Challenger, is CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., the global outplacement consultancy. John is a recognized thought leader on workplace, labor, and economic issues.

Author, Inventor, Adviser: Franke James
Franke James is the inventor of the Dear Office-Politics Game (2009) and Editor & Founder of OfficePolitics.com. For 2010, Franke is developing Dear Office-Politics into a customizable workshop package that can be used by HR trainers around the world. Franke is an author, artist and speaker on social change and the environment. Her illustrated book, Bothered By My Green Conscience, was published in 2009 by New Society Publishers. Franke is co-founder of The James Gang Art & Design and Nerdheaven Ltd., with over 20 years experience as a creative design professional. She has a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria, and a BFA from Mount Allison University. (bio continues… )

For more information:

Email: ceo@officepolitics.com
Dear Office-Politics: the game everyone plays

Dear Office-Politics and The Office-Politics® Game were invented by Franke James, MFA
Office-Politics® is a registered trademark of Nerdheaven Ltd.

  1. 16 Answers to “‘Dear Office-Politics’ Snags Axiom Book Award”


    @earthontherun @frankejames: many congratulations on the Axiom Book Award http://tinyurl.com/yjmqpnn You are outstanding!

    By earthontherun on Mar 17, 2010


    @wadesmom Axiom Book Award for “Dear Office Politics” – just another validation of the brilliance of @frankejames. That woman is mega talented!

    By wadesmom (Carolyn Stephens) on Mar 17, 2010

  4. Franke –

    Congratulations! Very kind of you to include us in the “congratulation circle” with you – but really, this is all yours. Talk about having a clear vision and bringing it to fruition!

    You rock.


    By Erika Andersen on Mar 17, 2010

  5. Erika,

    Thanks for the lovely and supportive comment – but the magic happened because we teamed up. Your empathy and wisdom shines out in all your responses.



    By Franke James on Mar 17, 2010


    @BobBurg Congrats 2 Twitterverse’s own @DearOP for “Dear Office-Politics” winning an Axiom Book Award for HR http://bit.ly/9DHWqQ

    By Bob Burg on Mar 17, 2010

  7. Franke,

    I have been around since this project began as a game sketched on a piece of cardboard, a website to promote it and commitment to the need for this conversation. I am therefore in the best position to say how well deserved this award is.

    I am in awe of your commitment to the Office Politics concept. A need felt by many people is being met in an important and helpful way. And now the book makes O.P. available to even more people with such delightful and engaging flair! The award is an important but insufficient acknowledgement of the work you have done.



    By John Burton on Mar 18, 2010

  8. John,

    Thanks so much! You were the first Adviser to come on board in 2002 — you took that giant leap of faith when Dear Office-Politics was just an “idea”. You and I knew back then that there was a need to help people (as you say) “exercise their ethical muscles”. But how rewarding to be here now in 2010, and see that together we’ve done something to address that need. Very, very exciting!



    By Franke James on Mar 18, 2010


    @thehrgoddess Kudos for @DearOP for winning Axiom Award for best biz book! Lots of great office politics advice. http://twt.tl/38iJ1PD

    By Jane Perdue @thehrgoddess on Mar 18, 2010

  10. Dear Franke,

    VOILA! Well done! Superb! Touche’! Way to Go!!!!

    I know how hard it is to win “mindshare” attention of business book readers, much less reviewers, panels, and awards boards, especially for an independently published book like Dear Office-Politics. The Axiom Award is one heck of a testimonial to the ethical but savvy principles your work explores, and to the fun and edu-taining way your game, book, and site approach typically demotivating dynamics.

    The award also proves you know about branding yourself and standing out in a crowded marketplace, which is what every one of us must do personally –– stand out in our companies amid the competition, while retaining our integrity. So kind of a nice metaphor for your book to win the award.

    It’s been an honor to be part of such a collaborative, creative, and constructive project and more–– a passion.


    Warm regards,


    Rick Brandon, co-author of Survival of the Savvy (Free Press)
    CEO, Brandon Partners

    By Rick Brandon on Mar 18, 2010

  11. Franke,

    So honored that you continue to let me play in your sandbox with such bright and amazing people.

    Congratulations to you – and to my fellow contributors – on this honor. For you it is well deserved for all of your hard work and talent. The service your site provides for hundreds of thousands is outstanding.

    Keep up the amazing work. It’s reassuring to know that your environmental efforts extend to make the land of cubicles and offices run more cleanly as well.

    Carpe Factum!


    Timothy Johnson, Author
    Chief Accomplishment Officer, Carpe Factum, Inc.
    SWAT – Seize the Accomplishment (2010)
    GUST – The “Tale” Wind of Office Politics (2007)
    Race Through the Forest – A Project Management Fable (2009, 2nd pub.)

    (but more importantly than all of those credentials… a friend of yours always)

    By Timothy Johnson on Mar 21, 2010

  12. Franke,

    Congratulations! Thank you for your willingness to shine light on subjects that people have difficulty talking about in public and would be risky for them to discuss at their companies.

    Best regards,

    Marty Seldman

    By Marty Seldman on Mar 22, 2010

  13. Franke,

    Congratulations. It is so important that we find effective ways to discuss these issues, and creating a game is one of the best I have seen. As a coach you have to make it fun and interesting, and this does both.


    Joshua Seldman

    By Joshua Seldman on Apr 8, 2010

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