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How to Live with an Idiot: Clueless Creatures and the People Who Love Them Paperback – October 15, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press (October 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564147703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564147707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,785,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Hoover, Ph.D. has successfully used the leadership techniques in this book as a writer and producer for The Disney Company and as a divisional general manager for McGraw-Hill. He is helping or has helped dozens of clients, including ABC-TV, American Mensa, The Boeing Leadership Center, CIT, Delta Air Lines, HBO, Hilton Hotels, IBM, Motorola, Printronix, Prudential, Sanyo Fisher USA, Xerox, and many others build strong leadership and effective communication skill sets internal and external to their enterprises. He has authored or coauthored over 15 commercially-published books on leadership and organizational behavior including How to Work for an Idiot (Career Press, 2003/Barnes & Noble Publishers, 2006), How to Live with an Idiot (Career Press, 2004), The Art of Constructive Confrontation (John Wiley & Sons, 2005), Difficult People & Time Management (HarperCollins, 2007) Bullwinkle on Business: Motivational Secrets of a Chief Executive Moose (St. Martin's Press, 2007), and Leadership When the Heat's On (7th Ed., McGraw-Hill, 2007). John's lastest book, The Coaching Connection (AMACOM 2009) will be in bookstores this August & is coauthored with Dr. Paul Gorrell, managing principal of Partners in Human Resources International.

Dr. John is a self-professed "Recovering Idiot Boss" who is unaffraid to use humor and mis-spellings to bring a fresh perspective to solving personal and organizational challenges. Made you look! "We can't all be stuffy scholars, can we?" His parting thought for this visit to, "Nobody ever enhanced his or her career by making the boss look stupid."

John is on the faculty of Fielding Graduate University's Media Psychology program and holds a Marriage and Family Therapy Master's from Azusa Pacific University. He is on the faculty of the American Management Association in New York, Ed Reilly, CEO. Most hours of rthe day, you will find John leading the executive coaching practice at Partners in Human Resources International in New York City (

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I bought this book as a I could read it sitting on the couch next to my husband and my daughter could take a picture of life at home...I had no idea what I was getting into. Honestly, this book has been life changing. I have so changed the way I look at people and why they do the things they do...this book is not about changing those around you, but changing your own perspective. Easy to read, easy to understand and i now see beavers, jaguars and vortexes all around me. Highly recommended!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Yes, you can live with an idiot - whether it be a spouse, child, or roommate - all depending on willingness to recognize your own 'inner idiot'. Author Hoover is a Ph.D. and the author of the popular How To Work For An Idiot: Clueless Creatures And The People Who Love Them - and he's an organizational behavior consultant who here uses the family structure as his 'organization'. Chapters survey issues of blame, compatibility, criticism and more.
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