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The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't Paperback – September 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
For the most part, it is inevitable that we have to deal with these people face to face. This is the first book that doesn't skirt around the facts of diagnosing these people as a**holes (by there actions) and giving effective advice on how to deal with them or not be one of them.
Bob Sutton's List of The Dirty Dozen Common Everyday Actions That A**holes Use
1. Personal insults
2. Invading one's personal territory
3. Uninvited personal contact
4. Threats and intimidation, both verbal and non-verbal
5. Sarcastic jokes and teasing used as insult delivery systems
6. Withering email flames
7. Status slaps intended to humiliate their victims
8. Public shaming or status degradation rituals
9. Rude interruptions
10. Two-faced attacks
11. Dirty looks
12. Treating people as if they are invisible
The Author sites companies that have effectively instilled a "No A**hole Rule" because they have realized that the true cost of the A**hole runs deeper than the A**hole's salary (TCA or Total Cost of A**holes). It truly can diminish productivity in the office, increase employee turnover, stifle communication, and lower employee self esteem and health. The book explains how to implement a No A**hole Rule at any organization.Read more ›
As a female professional, I felt highly empowered reading this book. Dr. Sutton acknowledges the bullying and crass behavior that frequently occurs in the workplace and offers concrete ways to combat these trying individuals. I have already practiced his technique of publicly discounting bullying behavior with great success.
I found his suggestions for handling office place bullies - as both a superior and subordinate actions extremely smart and well-grounded. This book is based on sound social psychology and organizational research and does a great service to workers throughout the world.
I have dog earred many pages of the book and expect it to be a handy reference for many years to come.
One of my favorite lines in the book is: " Passion is an overrated virtue in organizational life, and indifference is an underrated virtue." While self-professed management gurus who have never had a real job like to trumpet passion in the workplace (and implicitly accept jerk-like behavior), Dr. Sutton points out that sometimes a bit of detachment goes a long way in making life bearable. This is a book about picking your battles and doing what you can to make your workplace enjoyable. It is a quick, interesting and easy read.
I really wanted to like this book. It had been highly recommended by a colleague and I'd researched the author and read some of his previously published articles before I actually purchased the book. However, that's precisely my other issue with this book-it was my experience that the author had taken a few previously published articles, and then tried to stretch them out into a book. To that end, throughout the book there were the same few corporate case-studies being used in the examples.
If you want to be reminded of how awful these types of jerks can be, go buy the book, but don't expect any relief from it.
After reading the preview for this book on Amazon, and great reviews, I thought this would help me deal or cope with the situation. It did not. The dirty dozen list at the beginning of the book seemed like a home run. But he never went detail on it. It was just a list! The book was simply not specific enough. The book talks too much theory. Half of the book was more about not hiring A's and how to put it into practice as a business strategy. Another chunk was about how to tell if you are an A yourself and how to not be an A. Another chunk was about the benefits of being an A. And studies and stories throughout about extreme A's who scream at people which most of us don't have to deal with. (THAT I'd know how to deal with - leave!)
The only thing missing was what I actually needed = specific things to do or say to help deal with the A's who subtly but very clearly make me feel worthless.
I think there were a couple paragraphs on how to reframe or detach which you have likely heard before and is easier said than done.
I was puzzled by the high reviews... so just now I read some of the 5 star reviews. Many seem unnatural and like an ad for the book, not a real review. Don't know if they are real or fake, but you may want to use a little skepticism?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Toxic emotional negativity in the workplace is the emotional and spiritual equivalent of cigarette smoke in the air. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Joe Tye
This book is a must read for anyone in management or a supervisor position. This book also helps those who work in an environment with a challenging boss. Read morePublished 2 months ago by john clements
Heard about this book being great but it just didn't captivate me the way I wanted it too. Seemed kind of repeatative.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
More people in positions of leadership need to read this and apply the theme addressed, Don't Allow People in Your Employ to Be Assholes! Including yourself!Published 3 months ago by Not Reinventing the Wheel
This is a business book: it's short, it's easy to read, and it hammers away at an idea that should be common sense to everyone. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Weill
Intelligent book. It's not guessing, saying things frankly but politely.Published 4 months ago by Mr. I. Nagy