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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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About the Author
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Paperback : 238 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446698202
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446698207
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Business Plus; Reprint Edition (September 1, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I didnt feel like the book provided me any novel insight or perspective on this subject.
Lots of common sense... the main message being that A-holes should be removed from the workplace. Duh...
Like so many other books on workplace behavior, it stresses the correct behavior that should be exhibited,
but fails gloriously to recognize that human nature whether overtly or covertly will in many instances
prevail over the expected behavior and the involved employees will be able to "get away with it" without
One of the main problems companies face is that many of them have a wonderful
set of values and rules on paper, but many times wont enforce them when it is convenient to some big shot
who has a vested interest in the situation. Like one of my managers once said: "Paper accepts everything".
In other words, even the most beautiful and well-intentioned rule or law means nothing if it is not
enforced, specially by and through the example of those above you, after all, ethics is how you behave
either when no one is looking or when you can get away with it.
The book fails to acknowledge or stress enough the fact that in many cases a-holes rule and proliferate because
companies either fail (many times on purpose) to remove them from their positions, and even empower such employees because it is convenient for the hierarchy above. Sometimes this happens because the toxic employee
is a high performer, or sometimes because he or she keeps his or her superior's comfort zone, sometimes
because of nepotism, or even because of nasty politics or priviledge information who can jeopardize someone of power.
So, if the company doesnt practice what it preaches, not only that makes it a hipocrite, but this also fosters all
kinds of bad behaviors from other employees like mediocrity, complacency, hipocrisy, cinicism and so on... This in
turn affects morale, turnover, loss of human capital and knowledge, declining productivity, and in the end hurts
the bottom line.
I also enjoyed the many real-life stories from different organizations.
I'd say this book is a must have if you have to work with people who (i) each time leave you feeling flat and empty, humiliated, and belittled and who (ii) have a tendency to treat their subordinates poorly. I have read countless books on productivity, but this might actually be the most important and impactful one of them all.