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Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook Paperback – October 21, 1997
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which is where I used to work, as a matter of fact.
I can't believe I used to sit in my cubicle with a
headphone growing out of my ear, staring at blank
walls we were not allowed to decorate, reading
meaningless memos from our last "Quality Driven
Leadership" meeting and wondering how my brainless
boss could somehow manage to come up with an idea
more idiotic than the last one.
And then, to top it all off, I find out that Scott
Adams spied on me, wrote a book and
I'm not seeing a penny from the royalties! This is hell.
Seriously, if you have ever been an incompetent manager --
or have suffered at the hands of one -- this book is a
must-read. But be prepared to be horrified. It will be
the story of your corporate life...and it's NOT a pretty
Yes it is hysterically funny. But read it at your own peril. You will never look at your colleagues and managers in the same way.
"I always survived before," he said. "So, I didn't think anything of it this time."
He did not survive this one. He told me how he was doing 90% of the work. The boss was a goof-off, who played a lot of golf, and there was a pretty new hire who really did not know how to program, but she had a great smile. Rich was a good team player-filling in for her deficits and doing most of the boss's work as well. So of course, the guy doing 90% of the work was the one who got sacked.
I even surprised myself when I found myself saying, "You have got to read this book," pointing to Scott Adams' cartoon book. Yes, Scott Adams may be a cartoonist, but he is also a highly accurate chronicler of corporate culture.
Since I am not a manger, I really don't know what possessed me to read this book, which I did despite Dogbert's "WARNING-- IF YOU ARE NOT A MANAGER PUT THIS BOOK DOWN RIGHT NOW. THERE ARE THINGS YOU'RE BETTER OFF NOT KNOWING."
So as a non-manager I am what Dogbert calls "a curious little wanker." Rich, who is now thinking of starting his own company, was about to benefit by my being such a nosey parker. I told him, "Everything you are going through is in here!"
What really endeared me to this book was the use of similes, which are peppered throughout, such as:
"If you hear a new management buzzword, jump on it like a starving squirrel on the last peanut on earth."
"Working in a cubicle has made my ego shrivel like a raisin on an Egyptian sidewalk.Read more ›
Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook is a combination of reprinted Dilbert comic strips from the first half of the 1990's and a management handbook written as if it were the work of a cartoon dog named Dogbert. The cartoons are funnier than the handbook. I gave up reading the book linearly and read the cartoons first. Then I went back and read the management handbook.
The cartoons work better because you get to see Scott Adams view of management both from the manager's point of view and also from that of the dumbfounded workers. It is this juxtaposition of manager logic and worker reality that makes the Dilbert strips so funny.
The text of the handbook is entirely one-sided. You get to see the world from the unrelenting point of view of the demented management expert. The cruel logic is there, but you, the gentle reader, are forced into the role of Dilbert facing the twisted thinking of middle management. You may laugh on the outside, but you may be crying inside. I do not recommend reading this book before spending lots of time with your own manager.
I love the parts about motivating employees and how management continually seeks to avoid compensating employees and providing empty rewards and trying to make them appear great and sought after. How true! How long do they think a donkey will chase a cardboard carrot anyway??
My only criticism of both books is the repetition of strips within each book. I'll be the first to admit my greed in wanting as much Dilbert as possible
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I use this every day in my management position. Just kidding, This book is a great addition to my library of books. Always gets a laugh.Published 7 days ago by Reslems
Very typical of Dilbert Books. You;ll like this if you like Dilbert.and Dogbert.Published 7 days ago by Maggie's Dad
Not really worth it. Not comparable with the usual books.Published 11 months ago by JJC van't Pad Bosch
This is one of the few Dilbert-related books I haven't read, and was pleased to see it for free under Kindle Unlimited. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rich M.
I'm very disappointed at this book. It has too much blah blah, and not much comic strips jokes. Also a lot of material is a repeat from Dilbert's Principle book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by andaniel
Very funny. Very well written. Dragon uses this to train it's naturally speaking software. I have thus read it out loud a number of times. Read morePublished 19 months ago by RSRandy
I work at a large company, from which I hope to retire in a month or so. The management there must be following this book for its ideas.Published 19 months ago by G.Luckett
This book starts off well and has its humorous moments but tends to get too wordy later on and thus boring. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Ralph