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I Didn’t See It Coming: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to Avoid Being Blindsided in Business

By Nancy C.Widmann, Elaine Eisenman, Ph.D. and Amy Dorn Kopelan
May 2007 Published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. hardcover / 256 pages
ISBN13: 978-0-470-11645-6 ISBN10: 0-470-11645-5


How to use smart strategy and political savvy to control and direct your success in business. 

I Didn’t See It Coming provides critical counsel and keen observation on how all employees can develop strategic insights, effective tools, and sharp instincts for reading the room and controlling their own career destiny. Fast trackers, top performers, and managers at every level are often too busy working to notice when their jobs are in jeopardy. This insightful guidebook shows readers how to spot the danger signs, see the red flags, and wage a successful campaign to win in business. For anyone in a dicey situation -- even if they don’t know it yet -- this is the ultimate guide for surviving when the landmines begin ticking.

Advance Praise

“In the fiercely competitive world of business, these authors learned how to play the game with skill and competence. They are uniquely qualified to teach others the rules of the workplace.” --Peter A. Lund, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS, Inc.

“I Didn’t See It Coming could change the way you think about your career and re-define your strategy to succeed in a corporation.” --Robert T. Cornell, Managing Director, Lehman Brothers Inc.

“Candid and savvy, this book is the ultimate corporate politics rulebook. It provides clear and shrewd strategies to reach the corner office. Keep this book at your side at all times!” --Lynne Dominick, Former Publisher, Everyday Food Magazine

“I Didn’t See It Coming should be the bible for those climbing the corporate ladder. Every chapter gives me more and more critical strategies for reading the room and maneuvering through internal corporate politics.” --Jason Jordan, Senior Sales Representative, T-Mobile

“In today’s incredibly complex world, even the best leaders can make mistakes that prove fatal. In our work, we see it time and time again, through our clients and executives. This book provides a very useful way to be better prepared to avoid those simple yet fatal mistakes.” --Jerry Noonan, Partner, Spencer Stuart