Do you know a Cain at work?
The back-stabbing liar who steals credit for your ideas...
The a**-kissing co-worker who worries about "face time" while you stay late working hard...
The gossipy colleague who spreads rumors just to create drama in the office.
If any of these people sound familiar, watch out: a Cain is lurking, ready to sabotage your job, your promotion, and even your reputation at work.
Written by two veteran media and political strategists, Cain and Abel at Work will help you survive the ultimate political arena—the office—and prepare you for the real-world interpersonal dynamics they don't teach you in business school.
In the Old Testament story that serves as the beginning metaphor for this book, backstabbing Cain kills the honorable Abel out of jealousy, and despite being punished with banishment, he goes on to marry, have a son, and build a city around him. All of a sudden, Cain gets to be a father, real estate developer, and probably the first politician of his day, while Abel's life is over in a flash. Authors Gerry Lange and Todd Domke have discovered that this type of injustice is still alive and well in the modern competitive workplace. Together, they have decades of personal experience and first-hand encounters with scheming, calculating Cains, and now they're giving readers an invaluable guide for coping with and combating Cain at work.
Using real-life case studies to illustrate how Cains operate, Cain and Abel at Work will teach you how to:
Identify the Cains before they make you their victim
Recognize the tactics Cains use to gain status and power
Win out over Cains without stooping to their level
With compelling new insight into human behavior and competition developed from the authors' experience in the political, media, and business arenas, Cain and Abel at Work explains what motivates both Cains and Abels at work. Not only does this book explore and deplore the behavior of Cains, it also explains how the simple naïveté of Abels allows Cains to get away with their shenanigans.
If anyone has ever stolen an idea from you or grabbed credit for your work, if they've taken advantage of or walked all over you, you need this book. Cain and Abel at Work is an office survival guide no well-intentioned Abel should be without.
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|Release Date: 09-18-2001|
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Cain and Abel at Work
Why Good Things Happen to Bad People
The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain, jealous because God seemed to favor his brother, "rose up against Abel . . . and slew him." As punishment, God banished Cain, so Cain "went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the land of Nod on the East of Eden" where he married and had a son, Enoch.
The moral of the Cain and Abel story seems to be that evil will be discovered and punished. But that's not entirely convincing. After all, Abel was dead, but Cain survived. He not only survived but seems to have done pretty well for himself. He courted and caught a wife and had a son—a nice, supportive, traditional nuclear family—and he also "built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch."
So, it turns out that Cain was the first real estate developer, the Donald Trump of his time. And since Cain built a city and had the power to name it, we might also assume he ended up mayor of Enoch, making him also the first politician.
This unholy coalescing of business and politics by the Cains of this world is something that we have had ample opportunity to observe in our many years of experience in both fields. Over time, it has led us to ask a few simple questions about the way the world works—not how the world ought to work, not how religion and schools and motivational philosophies teach us the world should work, but how it all too often really works. Many business books have described what people do right to succeed; this book is about what people do wrong to succeed.
We use the names of the Old Testament characters Cain and Abel as a metaph...