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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 began reading a selection from this book out loud to my wife, who was in another room. She had not the slightest idea what it was I was reading to her. I asked her what she thought when I was finished, and she hollered back, "What is that? Is that a draft for the updated manager's manual?" As Dave Barry says, "I swear, I am not making this up." Lest you think my wife a bit "slow", I assure you, she is not. I have read countless operations bulletins over the years that used some of the language in this book almost verbatim.
In fact, and again, I am not making this up, when setting up certain of our computers at work for speech recognition capability, several pages of this book have been selected as source reading material to teach the software to recognize specific user speech patterns. It is sorely tempting to suppose there is also an ulterior motive to imbue the readers with certain expectations as to the conduct of management.
This is a 5 star read, highly recommended for those times when you need a little cheering up, or when you wish to plumb the otherwise incomprehensible source for Federal policies and practices. At the next presidential debate, observe carefully and you just might see a little red and white corner of a book peeking out of some jacket pockets. Apparently, Dilbert makes for good debate prep, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book and had it in paperback. The Kindle version impossible to read. The words are all shuffled.Published 5 months ago by Karin Eder
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 5 months ago by Reslems
Very typical of Dilbert Books. You;ll like this if you like Dilbert.and Dogbert.Published 5 months ago by Maggie's Dad
Not really worth it. Not comparable with the usual books.Published 16 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 23 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 24 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 on July 8, 2014 by RSRandy