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Dinosaur Brains: Dealing with All Those Impossible People at Work Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, March, 1990

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This book deals with irrational thinking and unconscious motivation at the office--"because people at work aren't always the rational creatures that other management books talk about." The authors cover basic personnel management theory and argue that people's irrational and emotional acts are based on primitive fight, flight, and fright responses--all part of the "dinosaur brain." They identify situations when such behavior is taking place and offer suggestions for what to do when coworkers behave in this manner. Although the basic information may be available in other sources, it is presented clearly and with the right amount of humor in this book. Recommended for all business collections.
- Michael Kathman, St. John's Univ., Collegeville, Minn.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Discover how to cope with instinct, emotion, and irrationality--the dinosaur brain--that disrupts any business enivronment, with a step-by-step process that helps you reason your way through turf wars and power struggles, surly subordinates, temperamental bosses, and more....

"The key to thriving in the corporate jungle is understanding dinosaurs."

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Nightingale-Conant Audio (March 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555253717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555253714
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,737,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I first read this book in 1990. Over the years I have given my personal copy to a number of co-workers who were having trouble coping with the workplace. I've had to replace my copy several times because they usually "forgot" to give it back. The chapter on the self-destructive nature of anger has served me well in many situations over the yeas. I consider this book a must for my own library.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1997
Format: Paperback
If you find yourself hating your job, feeling frustrated at work, or you just can't stand someone you work with, give Dinasaur Brains a try. It teaches, with plenty of humor and VERY realistic examples, how to understand what's going on inside those "dinasaur brains" you work with (and your own)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The book deals with real life situations at work nobody else in the field dares to touch. The authors attitude towards the tough issues in organizational behavior is naturalistic, professional, humorous and buzzword free. Compuslory reading, especially for a young professional who wants to underderstand the implicit - and thus the strongest - micro-rules driving corporate life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nese ISIK on April 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Most of our problems in the work are well associated to the other people.

The concept of dinosaur brain and the lizard logic perfectly explain why colleagues, bosses, clients, etc cost us such a hard-time, inefficiencies and countless headaches.

After reading this book, you will not only learn to survive and fight off the dinosaur brains surrounding you but also to recognize your own dinosaur brain and muzzle it to your own advantage.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
The best book about the social things that happen at work I've read so far. Clearly written, based on the simple principles of 'reptile logic'. I use it as my bible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Harrower on July 26, 2012
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Anyone who has difficult co-workers should read this book. It has really helped me deal with some of the more painful people around me at work and home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book many years ago in the early '90's and rediscovered it when recommending it to a friend. This is the best, bar none, book on dealing with work problems I have ever read. The only book that I still remember almost two decades later. It is short, to the point, engaging with no psychobabble.
The concept I remember most is a simple one. If you use the old, dinosaur, part of your brain to have a fight at work there is something you should remember. When dinosaurs had a big fight one would eat the other and settle the matter. Since you can not eat your opponent at work you have to realize that the fight with that person will come back around and get you at some point, so do not use the dinosaur part of your brain in work place arguments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Marques on March 24, 2012
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Published in 1989, the old age has not withered its value. This is the best book i've ever read on soft skills. In reading it, you'll understand how and why people act and react the way they do and learn a lot about yourself in the process. A invaluable tool if you want to improve your emotional intelligence and still have a laugh doing so.
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