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The Downsizing Wars: A Report from the Front Lines

Her Company Was Doomed, Her Job Kaput,
Her Career In Shreds,

And Then She Remembered Mom’s Advice …

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Dear Fellow Employee,

Margaret didn’t know what hit her.

    One day she was working happily at a good-sized company here in the Washington, D.C., area. She’d gotten a promotion a few months earlier that edged her into middle-management’s ranks. The extra $5,000 put braces on her 10-year-old – it couldn’t have come at a better time. True, the Camry needed brakes, but Margaret felt confident. A safe car is more important than a big VISA balance, she told herself as she charged the brake repair.

    But the moment she walked through the glass doors the next morning, she knew something was wrong.

    It didn’t take long to discover what. The spiraling economy had wrecked sales, her office-mate told her. Layoffs were being announced, possibly that afternoon. Water-cooler gossip said 300 employees. Maybe more.

    Margaret’s first reaction: Panic. Here she was, a divorced single mom on the dark side of 40, living paycheck to paycheck in a rented townhouse, driving a car with 100,000-plus miles on it. No health insurance except what the company provided. No savings except the IRA, with its pathetic $16,000 balance after all these years. Oh, and the 401(k), invested 100% in the company’s stock – and sinking each day like a stone.

    The terrible part was, Margaret had done everything right.

    She’d been a good girl and now she was trying to be a good grown-up. She worked hard, played fair, told the truth, acted nice. Make waves? Not Margaret’s style.

    But Margaret had faced adversity in her life. And her mother, bless her heart, had been there for her the very first time … that day Margaret, passed over for a part in the school play, had come home in tears.

    Mom gave her two magic words:

    Stay cool.

    Keep your head. Explore your options. Even the worst problem has a solution. Discover that solution. And put it to use. Now, recalling the advice many years later, Margaret took a deep breath, silently thanked Mom, commanded her hands to stop shaking long enough to pick up the phone … and called me.

    Margaret and I had friends in common. She knew my company publishes materials that help women (and men!) survive the assaults of the workplace – and even prosper.

    It was a short conversation.

    “Pat,” she said. “Help!”
This 117-page book saved Margaret’s career despite
a sudden and brutal company downsizing.
Could it help your career too?
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I knew just what to do.

    I promised to rush Margaret a personal copy of Mastering Office Politics. “Start with the section titled ‘The Politics of Change’!” I yelled as she was hanging up the phone. This is where I pointed her:
  •  Surviving Layoffs, Downsizing and Mergers. Middle managers are hit hardest in such situations. Margaret’s heart sank when she read that, but her distress vanished when she read the 9 tips for action and the 5 tips for self-preservation.
  •  Get Savvy, or Get Replaced. You improve your survival chances dramatically when you discover how the system works – and how to work the system. Margaret studied the 5 unspoken rules of the game and realized she’d need to get tough.
  •  How to Get Out of Limbo. Margaret’s chances of dodging the layoff bullet improved when, following our advice, she began thinking of herself as an outsider in her own company. Our 6 paths out of employment limbo opened her eyes to her actual situation. She resolved to sell herself to her bosses as if she were coming in for her first job interview.
  •  Do the Numbers. The day after the ax fell, Margaret found herself on the “maybe” list – jobs that might be cut in 30 to 60 days. That left just enough time to start making big changes. Margaret isn’t a numbers person, but that afternoon she took the elevator up to Accounting and sat down for a briefing. Armed with an understanding of the company’s true situation, Margaret was better able to point out to her bosses several ways she might be able to increase profits.
  •  Look to the Future. After the pink slips are handed out, hierarchy is the first thing to go. In her restructured company, Margaret saw she’d be more valuable as a coach than a manager. She visited the library, walking out with an armful of books to help her reinvent herself as a new kind of executive.
  • Play Hardball When You Must. This was a tough lesson for Margaret but her survival was at stake. Following our advice, she spent an evening charting the organization’s structure, X’ing out the people who’d left, circling those who’d moved, drawing arrows to the places they’d landed. She analyzed who got promoted and identified their friends and allies. She searched for patterns. She overlooked nothing. Then, over the next few weeks, she began applying subtle pressure – a card here, a cup of coffee there, a whispered word to someone in a high position.
    A lot of American workers find themselves in Margaret’s situation these days – caught in the squeeze, facing mergers and downsizing and layoffs, watching helplessly as their jobs go off to India or Ireland … or just go poof. A far greater number are simply stuck in a rut – not paid what they deserve, not respected for their knowledge and skills, and sadly, not sure what to do about it. That’s why we created Mastering Office Politics.

    Whether you’re a man or a woman … 26 and hoping to rise, or 66 and not yet ready to fall … a foot soldier with dreams of becoming a captain, or a captain with dreams of becoming a general … Mastering Office Politics can help you –
  •  Make more money …
  •  Rise to greater heights …
  •  Protect your flanks …
  •  Lower workplace stress …
  •  And MUCH more …
Mastering Office Politics covers every aspect of workplace survival, from climbing the career ladder to dismounting it on your terms. Divided into six sections that cover more than 99 workplace situations, Mastering Office Politics helps you navigate those shark-infested waters – and, if you need to, grow shark’s teeth of your own.

    Here’s a sneak preview of what you’ll discover –

The Politics of Advancement
  •  7-point checklist for getting the promotion you want – without stepping on others’ toes.
  •  5 tips on breaking through the “glass ceiling.”
  •  9 clues to whether you might be CEO material.
  •  When a move sideways is actually a move up … and how to tell.
  •  Being your friend’s boss, without hurting your friend's feelings.
  •  9 secrets of accumulating power.
  •  5 ways to make sure you get invited into the right meetings.
  •  “Power Schmoozing” – what it is, why it matters, how to do it well.
  •  Who should choose your successor (YOU!), and why.
The Politics of Removing Roadblocks
  •  How to go over your boss’s head: 5 things to do, 1 big thing to avoid.
  •  4 pointers on how to put space between yourself and a boss in trouble.
  •  Socializing with the boss – when to do it, why you do it, how to do it.
  •  When to go over the boss’s head – the 4 danger signals.
  •  Back-stabbing 101: how to deal with a colleague who tries to advance at your expense.
  •  6 tactful ways to tell the boss when he’s/she’s wrong.
  •  3 options for when your boss shoots down your ideas.
  •  How to deliver criticism constructively and accept it gracefully.
  •  Your hot temper – how it holds you back, what you can do about it.
The Politics of Teamwork
  •  The 5 secrets to getting others on your side.
  •  4 methods to defuse tension and conflict.
  •  3 basics to building your new team.
  •  Getting the back-stabber off of your back: 4 surefire moves you can make.
  •  4 tested tactics to motivate employees.
  •  Following Mom’s advice: How to stay cool when office politics get hot.
  •  What bullies do and how they do it: 3 ways to face down a bully.
  •  7 ways to handle a colleague who steps on your toes.
  •  5 tricks to working with people you hate.
  •  4 reasons why liars lie, plus 6 things you should do about it.
  •  When all else fails: An EEO primer.
 
This 117-page book saved Margaret’s career despite
a sudden and brutal company downsizing.
Could it help your career too?
checkbox YES! The backstabbers are everywhere! Help me survive the corporate wars – and prosper – R-U-S-H my individual copy of Mastering Office Politics. I understand I may examine it at no risk whatsoever.
Yes, I want to recession-proof my career, starting now
We respect your privacy.
The Politics of Executive Leadership
  •  3 ways to fight gender bias.
  •  8 sexual harassment no-nos.
  •  How to spot and promote a rising star.
  •  3 ideas for handling foot-draggers.
  •  Communicating in a crisis: 4 ways to hold your team together.
  •  When kindness fails: Strategic bullying for workplace success.
  •  “I’m the boss!”: 4 ways to put your foot down.
  •  Compassion 101: 4 tips for when an employee undergoes a personal crisis.
  •  Positive discipline: What it is, why you need it, how to do it.
  •  When your people are incompetent: 3 steps you can take.
  •  Do your employees trust you? A 4-question self-test.
  •  When things go sour: 9 guidelines for delivering bad news.
The Politics of Change
  •  Surviving mergers, layoffs and downsizing: 9 ways to keep your cool.
  •  6 paths to becoming a company “insider.”
  •  Leading the turnaround team to victory (and a big promotion).
  •  3 ways to withstand the winds of technological change.
  •  5 strategies for fitting more comfortably in the new corporate structure.
  •  “Will I still have a job tomorrow?” Making fearless self-assessments.
  •  Working as long as you want to: 7 strategies to avoid being pushed aside.
The Politics of Managing Difficult Employees
  •  4 ways to deal with insubordinate employees.
  •  3 ways to save face when a promotion fizzles … plus 4 ways to salvage the situation.
  •  The nonstop complainer: 4 actions you can take.
  •  4 things you can do to turn around a poor performer.
  •  4 tips to defuse a hostile employee.
  •  The sniper in your midst, and 4 countermeasures to take.
  •  How to deal with jealous peers.
  •  5 signs of a manipulative employee.
  •  Summing it all up: The 10 steps for handling difficult employees.
There you have it … from cutbacks to career advancement, from handling the boss to being the boss, from building a team to weeding out the ones who will never be team players, Mastering Office Politics has the answers you need.

    There’s no jargon, no legalese, no gobbledygook of any kind or sort – just straight talk, based on accepted management theory … plus the real-world experiences of employees (and bosses) like you.

    I believe Mastering Office Politics can help every employee in America – can help you – get control of your job and your career, for greater advancement, more money, and a less stressful life. How did it turn out for Margaret?

    After Margaret read Mastering Office Politics, she sent me a big bouquet of roses, a token of gratitude. But life got busy, as life will do, and I didn’t see her for months. Then one day I picked up the paper and there, on the business page, was Margaret’s photo – atop a story announcing her promotion to vice president.

    This time, I called her.

    We met for lunch. Margaret looked better than I’d ever seen her – great hair, smart clothes, tasteful jewelry.

    “And is it my imagination or did you lose 10 pounds, too?” I asked.

    Margaret just smiled.

    Mastering Office Politics gave my friend Margaret a new life. Why not let it change your life, too? Just click here.

Sincerely,

Pat DiDomenico
Editorial Director
This 117-page book saved Margaret’s career despite
a sudden and brutal company downsizing.
Could it help your career too?
checkbox YES! The backstabbers are everywhere! Help me survive the corporate wars – and prosper – R-U-S-H my individual copy of Mastering Office Politics. I understand I may examine it at no risk whatsoever.
Yes, I want to recession-proof my career, starting now
We respect your privacy.
P.S. Remember, there’s absolutely no risk in reading Mastering Office Politics. If you don't quickly start advancing your own agenda – I'll refund your entire purchase price. No questions asked, and you'll have no further obligation.
P.P.S. More mergers, downsizing, and cutbacks ahead … even bankruptcies? As the financial crisis rips through our economy, things seem almost certain to get worse. Best to do everything you can to protect your own situation – by ordering Mastering Office Politics now.