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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306815125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306815126
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,638,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Flocker brings the mocking humor from his Metrosexual Guide to Style and its follow-ups to the workplace, but the effect is like throwing a fresh coat of paint on a rundown old car. Much of his advice is exactly what you'd find in any other handbook to the corporate environment, like the chestnut about dressing for the job one level higher than your current position, while still maintaining your individual sense of style. Even worse are the passages that haven't been fresh since the mid-1990s, like a list of warning signs for e-mail addiction or making fun of "action item" and other corporate buzzwords. When Flocker does venture into original territory, his anti-corporate humor is stuck on the level of juvenile pranks. He recommends messing with your co-workers' heads by moving things on their desks when they aren't looking or interrupting meetings with silly questions. There's also a slew of wacky new vocabulary terms culled from the Internet, several of which actually have very little to do with the workplace. Marginal illustrations liven things up, but even they aren't as entertaining as reading a Dilbert collection—which would better equip readers for office politics as well. (Nov. 30)
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Review

"A funny (and thoroughly useful) manual on how to survive working for [a corporation]." -- (Metro, 10/30/2006)

"Flocker will help you make the most of being back at work now that the summer is over." -- Hamptons, October 2006

"Gives critical information on surviving...Wrap up this great stocking stuffer." -- Playboy.com, 2006 Holiday Gift Guide

"If you have the `pleasure' to work in an office setting, this is required reading. Thankfully, it's also humorous." -- Anchorage Daily News, 12/8/06

"Much here is laugh-out-loud funny, but there is plenty of perceptive analysis and sage advice as well." -- Hartford Courant, 1/7/07

"Well illustrated and distinctive." -- The Bookseller (UK), 7/14/06

"Wildly humorous...smart-mouth author Michael Flocker nails...amusing but serious pages." -- Careers Now, 11/12/06

"Wry humor drives its workplace points home." -- (Biz Books, 11/05/2006)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PDXTransplant on December 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
As the stereotypical corporate slave that I am, I found this book very amusing, helpful and practical. I've never been one to get involved in office politics, but after reading this I learned that there are smart ways to get involved without getting burned. The book gives very clever ideas for breaking up the monotony of the 9 to 5 grind, "survival" tips for that horrible coworker you want to strangle, and hilarous tricks for making boring meetings entertaining. Overall, I thought it was a hilarious jab at how pathetic we have become, yet it has practical ideas on advancing your career and making the most of your job. Excellent (and quick!) read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Verrier on November 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was starting to create quite a raucous in the bookstore when I picked up this little gem. Even though I paid way more than if I had ordered it online here, I just couldn't let it go. Anyone who's been through the corporate world the past 10 years will get it because you were there, you lived it, and you faced death by powerpoint on a frequent basis. The little pictures that go along with it are absolutely hysterical. [...], and the book should have included a few more current trends. Buy it if you'd like that little trip down memory lane. It's ok, you can laugh about it now.
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By rudy nadler-nir on October 13, 2013
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The best thing in this book is the excellent title, the rest is 'same old same old' - this is the kind of advice one can read online for free. What a let-down.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
The book begins with absorbing insight into the life of the drones and queen bees. The queen bee sits all day while her slaves service her and feed her royal jelly that no one else can have. Who knew the world of bees could be fascinating and resemble the corporate world?

_Death By PowerPoint_ takes a satiric approach in exploring what's what in the corporate world. Flocker describes employee personalities and situations, and explains how to deal with them, or rather protect yourself and stay under the radar. Casual Friday? What do you do? Even something simple as casual Friday can make a worker bee fret. Get tips on dealing with "fashionipulation" for manipulating your world with clothes.

Learn how the cubist culture got started and what cube decorations say about a person. The elephant in the room doesn't exist as the book punches the art of politics in the face. Throttle a passive-aggressive communicator's attempts to take advantage of you and protect yourself from the backstabber. The corporate lingo chapter covers original and "I wish I had thought of that" terms. It doesn't rehash too many of the terms heard in the corporate halls.

The e-mail etiquette chapter offers little new material, but the book would be incomplete without it. Rarely does an office skip the mandatory fun events, so prepare yourself for that upcoming team-building session with the "Mandatory Fun" chapter.

Funny quotes and curious facts appear sprinkled throughout the pages along with sticky notes and abused bathroom door characters. Beware there are R-rated words and scenarios such as the chapter on office romance, but not too much.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Calimag on January 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you've worked in ANY kind of office environment, this book is for you. Flocker provides descriptions and analysis of the many characters and scenarios that corporate lackeys find themselves in on a daily basis. Flocker provides even more value by providing do's/don'ts tips on how to use the dysfunctional office atmosphere to your own advantage. As a self-admitted slacker, I can validate many of his theories and suggestions.

This book falls into a genre perfected by Scott Adams and his Dilbert book series (specifically The Dilbert Principle.) Flocker isn't an Adams wanna-be. He refreshes and updates the "life in the dysfunctional corporate world" view, and adds the further aspects of "how to use this to your advantage" and "how to have fun at your co-workers' expense."

I picked this up in an airport bookstore and plowed through the entire book during my flight (200+ pages). It is a very easy, quick, and humorous read. You'll find yourself passing this on to other jaded co-workers once you're finished.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lou suSi on December 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Michael Flocker hits the stapler on the head in this all-too true-to-life satiric guidebook to officeLife survival ... all the idiosyncrasies of the workaday world are captured in the most hilarious barrage of observation ... the little pukeyCovered tome covers everything from email cautionary tales to personality types and how to deal with them ... and i have to say { or at least bloggishly type here } that just reading this book will make the ofttimes near-weighty existence of corporate life in America bring a smile to your lips and a gleam to the eye ... many kudos ... a must read ... amen
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