Your Career Game: How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals

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We compete for jobs and, the more desirable the job, the tougher the competition. Most people readily understand this. But, Nathan Bennett and Stephen A. Miles suggest that fewer people recognize how the pursuit of an open job can be framed as one “move” in a multifaceted game called “a career.” The authors contend that individuals who quickly recognize the career game for what it is—a fascinating, complex, nuanced, real-life, multiplayer maze, played in real time—can develop into better players and, consequently, will have a better chance of successfully competing for the sort of positions that will help them to realize their goals.

Bennett and Miles demonstrate how game theory can help readers to understand and proactively take charge of their career strategy. They first show how game theory can teach readers to manage the interdependencies and interconnectedness among coworkers, managers, and others in a manner that supports personal career efforts. Second, they show how readers can become better players. The key to learning how to play the career game is “career agility”—in short, agile individuals are better game players. So, the book’s suggestions for how to become more nimble are essential!

In addition, the 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.

Your Career Game: How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals

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5 Responses to “Your Career Game: How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals”

  1. A new way to think about how the big and small professional choices you make influence people around you and your future. Looking at where you are, where you want to be and how to get there is something we all should be doing. This book is a good reminder of that, with some refreshing tips on how to stay engaged in that thought process and get ahead as a result. Definitely worth a read.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. T. Griffin says:

    As someone who has searched for many jobs (within and outside of my original industry), and made various moves – this book finally addresses what it takes to get ahead and how to address the challenges of the “competitive landscape”! We typically only think about getting the job and then naturally getting promoted through good work, and don’t think about what other factors we need to be considering (such as the mentoring relationships we need to be developing and how to get noticed in your role to get ahead#. Even better, the book contains extensive interviews from a diverse array of successful executives whose own careers are not only educational, but inspiring. As we see a new generation enter the workforce in one of the most challenging economies the world has seen #as well as see individuals have to restart their careers in a new industry), this book is also a tool for getting to that next step. This book changes how you think about your career – it’s no longer a simple game of checkers, it’s a game of chess and you have to be strategic to get ahead!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Robert Hines says:

    My first comment is that I wish I had the chance to read this book earlier in my career. The book offers a different way for thinking about career choices than anything else I have seen – a more systematic and strategic way. I also enjoyed the executive interviews and the career advice they shared. That was unique, too. This is a great read for anyone who is early in their career – it will help you think smarter about your choices.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. YOUR CAREER GAME: HOW GAME THEORY CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS shows how game theory can help readers take charge of their careers. It can be used to manage coworkers, managers, and others in a way that supports career goals – and it tells how workers can become better ‘players’ in their own game. Conversations with a range of successful professionals make this a fine career management survey.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. KBPAQ says:

    This is a great book. I have always struggled with moving from where I think I want my career to go and how to actually get there. I have done the “parachute” thing and read other books on career management but this book really helped me understand how to move things from theory to action. Not only did it help build the base I need to understand game theory, which we all play everyday without even knowing it, it provided the tools to apply the concepts to managing my career. There is a section on how to best leave a position as well. This is something I have tried to do well but I see now that I can do it better, which will help my reputation and legacy and the organization from which I departed; all important things for me. I also liked how the book explains it’s not what one talks about in interviews with respect to ‘critical success factors’ or ‘knowledge, skills, and abilities’ but rather the employ of these skills to their greatest benefit for my career plan. For me the interviews used in the book to illustrate points bring things from theory to practice. I understand what worked and what did not work when these enormously successful people played their games and can employ that information as I play mine. Lastly, as a manager and game player, I have and will continue to compete and work with people from all walks of life and generations. The insights offered about the younger generations and how they approach the game will help me better strategize their moves as a player. As a manger, I will have a better understanding of the way these generations approach their careers and work. I highly recommend this book.
    Rating: 5 / 5