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- Print Length: 153 pages
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- Publisher: Ribbonfarm, Inc. (September 16, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 16, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F9IV64W
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The Gervais Principle: The Complete Series, with a Bonus Essay on Office Space (Ribbonfarm Roughs Book 2) Kindle Edition
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At first I thought this was maybe due to one of the most common problems with corporate psychology books- the desire to paint the C-level folks as superheroes of one kind or another bc that's your intended audience (well, not C-level folks exclusively, but those who aim or at least imagine that they aim to sit at that table one day).
But then I realized that the focus on analysing *fiction* puts this into a different category- this isn't about real office life at all, it's about fictional office life. This, like Dilbert, is the view of the CEO's office from the cubicle. It's like the difference between a rich person and the poor person's idea of a rich person- there are so many more poor people that the representations in fiction are more acceptable if they mimic those fictions than the reality.
Long story short, while eg deflecting blame and taking credit (and, more importantly, setting things up to happen naturally this way rather than trying to switch chairs post facto) is a required skill for sitting at the big table, don't expect to be sitting next to folks who know themselves to be the only gods, who play with realities the way than ordinary humans play with frisbees, etc.
Venkat supports his clear, self-consistent, and actionable model with essays that run circles around the disposable linkbait floating through Infotainment sites.
His advice is really that good, buy the book and start looking at a once-opaque institution from a useful perspective.
And the man knows his way around comedy, here's hoping he writes a TV show or screenplay some day.
This includes a breakdown of the movie "Office Space" as well, which isn't as good a match for the McLeod hierarchy -- Office Space is in some ways too optimistic to fully fit the "Gervais Principle" theme. It's as entertaining, but not nearly as enlightening, as the original essays.
Which isn't a big deal. This costs what, four bucks? And the original essays are incredible.
You will either absolutely love it or hate it. I think both of them are some sort of validation of the content.
Your personal abacus configuration might even predict weather you will love it or hate it!
Abacus Configuration: http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2010/06/30/the-philosophers-abacus/
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