Canadian's "Dear Office Politics" Game-Book Snags US Business Book Award

TORONTO, March 18 /CNW/ - Franke James' innovative game-book was awarded an Axiom Business Book Award, Bronze Medal for HR/Training.

"Dear Office-Politics" is a role-playing game that encourages lively discussion of workplace issues. It helps people exercise their ethical muscles, analyze power, increase empathy, and understand why the "right" course of action is actually in their - and the company's best interests.

James said, "It's exciting that Axiom chose to recognize 'Dear Office-Politics' because it's a radical departure from standard business books. It's a Game and a Book - all rolled into one. It's filled with fun, splashy, full-color graphics. It looks very entertaining. But at its core, it's an educational, training game that sneaks up and surprises people. You can learn a lot by observing how your coworkers 'explain' their ethical decisions. And gain deeper insight - and empathy - into why people behave the way they do."

"Dear Office-Politics" represents seven years of research, and features letters sent into since 2002, with replies by the Office-Politics Advisers: Erika Andersen, Rick Brandon, Ph.D., Jennifer Bezoza, Franke James, MFA, Timothy Johnson, Marty Seldman, Ph.D., John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, and fellow Canadian, Dr. John Burton, LL.B., who teaches Personal and Corporate Social Responsibility at UBC.

Axiom Award Honors the Best Business Books in North America

The Axiom Business Book Awards are dedicated to identifying the best business books published each year for the North American market. The awards attract entries from a wide range of publishers. The Axiom Awards are the only U.S.-based award contest focused solely on business books.

About Franke James, MFA

Franke James is the inventor of "Dear Office-Politics, the game everyone plays" (2009) and Editor, Adviser & Founder of For 2010, she is developing "Dear Office-Politics" into a custom workshop package for HR trainers. James is an author, artist and speaker on office-politics, social change and the environment. Her illustrated book, "Bothered By My Green Conscience", ( was published in 2009 by New Society. James is co-founder of The James Gang Art & Design (, with over 20 years experience as a creative design professional.


For further information: For further information: Franke James, MFA,,, (416) 256-9166

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