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Working Wounded: Advice that Adds Insight to Injury Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2000

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Confronted consistently by malicious managers, contemptuous coworkers, inept underlings and stressful situations, today's working stiff often feels pummeled from all sides. Working Wounded: Advice That Adds Insight to Injury, by journalist and consultant Bob Rosner, is a lighthearted but deadly serious map through the minefields of the corporate world that offers recommendations on an abundance of tools and techniques that can be used to make it safely from nine to five. A series of insightful illustrations throughout by New Yorker cartoonist Robert Mankoff pokes perceptive fun at the whole business scene. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Syndicated columnist Rosner presents a cornucopia of information on the world of business that doles out advice on coping with colleagues, bosses, employees, dead-end jobs, switching companies, performance pressures, health, technology and being axed. The text is enlivened with sidebars, quotes from sources as varied as Plato, Charles de Gaulle and Satchel Paige, results of polls the author has conducted among workers and short quizzes. Added attractions include witty contributions by New Yorker cartoonist Robert Mankoff (e.g., boss to underling, "It's your job to dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?' and it's my job to tell you"). The quotes reinforce Rosner's overall message that job difficulties can be managed, although, on some occasions, he advises, it just may be better to bow out. There is never a dull moment from start to finish.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446608661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446608664
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,331,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
First Aid for the Working Wounded by T.S. Peric'

Most of us, at some point in our working career, labored within a crummy company, faced-off with a bullying boss or suffered the ignominy of a firing.
Most of us have shared workplace horror stories or listened sympathetically to someone who really took a battering.
Let's face it. Workplace dissatisfaction ranks high on the angst scale for the 90s and this is the audience to which nationally syndicated columnist Bob Rosner directs his book, Working Wounded: Advice that Adds Insight to Injury (Warner Books).
While bookshelves are littered by the bunches with titles on job hunting, job coping and job escaping, Rosner manages to whip out a bouquet that offers a few, fresh petals.
Too many job-help books sound like a dry managerial tract from some experimental work environment which exists only in the mind of the writer. Rosner's laboratory is real: true-life stories culled from calls for help he gathers through a weekly column and a Working Wounded website (workingwounded.com). Fortunately, Rosner manages to describe this with a sense of humorous outrage that makes for a good read.
Rosner's faces the task about changing a bull-headed boss' inflexibility to your way of thinking in "Hold the Garlic! I Want My Boss to Shape-Change". He goes on to note "His [the boss] name was Dick-but we called him 'Cold Shower' because that's what he gave to every new idea that came across his desk. After collecting more bullet holes than a stop sign on a country road, I finally decided to bring him an idea he couldn't shoot down-one of his own.
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Mr. Rosner has a wonderful way of taking the questions I have often wondered about, but never asked, and laying the answers at my fingertips in down-to-earth, simple language. There's no walking on egg shells here! Let's face it... some of issues he is dealing with are less than exciting, but this is information we all need under our belts to make the most of the workplace. To take the sting out of it, he sets up each topic with with a funny personal story that leads right into the question at hand. It never failed to give me a sense of light-heartedness about it and set me up to enjoy the topic being tackled.
Today's buyer is said to be a savy one, well-educated about the products we buy. I consider a career as the major product in which I invest, and with Mr. Rosner's insight, I think anyone can make the best of our current and/or future workplace. While some of the chapters don't deal with my particular job, I think the workplace as a whole belongs to each of us. For instance, I have found value in the chapter that deals with the troubles faced by the "big boss," because it gives me important insight into how my "big boss" is feeling. Now I can approach him with an insider's viewpoint and score.
Anyway, I enjoyed the book a lot and hope you do too. I read on the cover that you can reach him by e-mail with questions. That's true. I've never failed to get a quick response from him to a workplace question. I like that about him. He doesn't yet you started and then leave you hanging.
I only wish the book had been longer.
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I read the book Working Wounded in a couple of days. It is actually a quick read and rather humorous at times. There is a lot of great reference material in there.
The author was really writing his own biography throughout most of the book. I am thrilled that he had such wonderful oportunities in the past and in his future.
This book is best just for the Bibliography. Unfortunately, it doesn't have one so you have to read it chapter by chapter to get the books that may be relevant to what you need additional information to.
Good Luck, Bob! To everyone else, buy a different book, see if someone will loan you theirs, go to the library. Save the dough, because I don't think you will find it as insightful as the title implies.
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Reading another positive attitiue business book is not going to help me with the reality of having a jerk for a boss. What Rosner offers is help for the sole at work. Told with humor and wit this book is a gem. If you have a real job in the real world this book is a breath of fresh air.
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Mr Rosner has succeeded in "compiling" a worthless piece of fiction. There is little original thinking from the author. It strikes this reader as exceedingly negative. He makes no attempt to connnect the worker with his or her own career. Instead, the book is about surviving in a war zone that is completely foreign to the worker-soldier. I am of the belief that each of us is capable of finding a work environment that is positive for our skills and talents. Mr Rosner apparently believes that we are forced into negative work places without choice. It will not be recommended to my career transition clients.
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