March 15, 2010 8:36 AM Subscribe
Teach me about "The Game" and how people, including yourself, play it.
posted by jasondigitized to work & money (40 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
Some might call it office politics but "The Game" doesn't always involve an office, and it doesn't always involve politics. You hear people refer to it all the time: "John is a complete muppet but knows how to play The Game", "Laura is so successful because she knows how to play The Game". What exactly is this game? How do you personally play it? Are there universal rules that apply to aspiring businessmen, professors, athletes and mechanics? Are there different rules for multi-national corporations versus a small family owned restaurant? Once you know the rules, how do you become skillful in said game? Is this game what Dale Carnegie, Machiavelli, and Robert Greene wrote about? I know the game involves politics, but is that it? Ultimately this question would result in people saying "Jason couldn't stack boxes to reach a banana but sure knows how to play The Game".