Amy was rewarded with a promotion to the senior management ranks six months ago. She was thrilled and so were her employees, who thought she richly deserved it. However, her enthusiasm soon paled as she began to interact with her peers. She discovered that they were a highly political bunch, prone to sabotaging and backstabbing each other to win points with the senior vice president. She found herself on the defensive and began to seriously question whether she was cut out for the job.

Jack is a technical specialist in the computer department of a large company. His work often puts him in very political situations, since he designs programs that cross departmental boundaries. Conflicts and turf issues are brought to the surface as he sorts out who does what and how to get work done more effectively. Jack was getting so embroiled in the politics he wondered if he should quit and find a less political company.

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