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Your Career Game
How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals
Nathan Bennett and Stephen A. Miles

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2010
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Cloth ISBN: 9780804756280
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Your Career Game demonstrates how game theory can help readers to understand and proactively take charge of their career strategy. Authors Nathan Bennett and Stephen A. Miles teach readers to manage the interdependencies and interconnectedness among coworkers, managers, and others in a manner that supports personal career efforts. Then, they show how readers can become better players. The key to learning how to play the career game is "career agility"—in short, nimble individuals are better game players.

Thois book includes conversations with a wide range of successful professionals such as Ursula Burns (Xerox), Stephen Elop (Microsoft), Marius Kloppers (BHP Billiton), Ken Frazier (Merck), and Liz McCartney (The St. Bernard Project), and discusses how their career moves demonstrate elements of a game theory approach to career management. This is a must-read strategic guide for anyone who seeks to advance their career and navigate today's job market.

About the author

Nathan Bennett is the Catherine W. and Edwin A. Wahlen Professor of Management at Georgia Tech's College of Management. He is active as a consultant through his firm, Red Buoy Consulting, LLC. Stephen A. Miles is the Vice Chairman, Leadership Advisory within Heidrick & Struggles' Leadership Consulting Practice. He is also a key member of Heidrick & Struggles' CEO and Board Practice, and is a member of the firm's management committee.

"Bennett and Miles present a novel, interesting discussion about how one can achieve higher levels of career success by employing the key concepts of game theory . . . Recommended."

—D. C. Martin, CHOICE

"Amidst a crowded field of career guides, Bennett and Miles offer a fresh and innovative perspective on how individuals achieve career success, based solidly upon economic research. Your Career Game is written in an accessible and engaging manner and offers readers intelligent career strategies to help them compete successfully in today's dynamic career marketplace."

—Monique Valcour, Professor of Management, EDHEC Business School

"The game is on—study these lessons and win at your career!"

—Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There, Succession: Are You Ready? and the upcoming MOJO

"This pragmatic approach to understanding your career is evergreen—no matter the economic conditions there will always be tough competition for the best jobs."

—Ram Charan, co-author of best-selling book Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and author of Leadership in the Era of Uncertainty