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Battles between Somebodies and Nobodies: Combat Abuse of Rank at Work and at Home

3 Ratings: 2.3
A book by Julie Ann Wambach

Wambach's role as a dispute mediator and counselor prompted her to assemble this book on the dynamics of power and handling situations wherein power is abused. The author delves into the nature of hierarchies and notes that conflict within social groups … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Office Politics, Rank
Author: Julie Ann Wambach
Publisher: Brookside Press
3 reviews about Battles between Somebodies and Nobodies:...
review by . July 22, 2009
Henry David Thoreau famously warned us to "beware of all enterprises that require new clothes," and a good corollary to that might be "beware all books on interpersonal conflict that require learning a new language." For "Battles Between Somebodies and Nobodies" relies on a fairly specialized vocabulary, not only of words you thought you knew like "somebody" and "nobody," but also "rankism," "right-rank," "dog-kickers," "gatekeepers," and more. I quickly came across some other speed bumps when starting …
review by . February 06, 2009
Other than the introduction of the term "rankism", the abuse of position within a hierarchy, there is very little in this book that has not been covered elsewhere. Like it or not hierarchies are a fundamental component of human existence, their presence in flocks and herds of animals indicates that there may be a biological basis for them. Therefore, the issue is not that they exist but that they are misused. A person that misuses a rank distinction is called a Somebody Rankist.    Wambach …
review by . January 04, 2009
This is truly a unique and helpful book. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most helpful books in this genre I have had the pleasure reading over the years. The author, Julie Ann Wambach Ph.D. has, to begin with, done a tremendous amount of excellent research is putting this offering together, but I strongly suspect that the strength of her words, observations and advice come more from her obvious abilities in the observation of her fellow humans and in her ability to interpret these observations. …
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