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How to Work for an Idiot: Survive & Thrive-- Without Killing Your Boss Paperback – November 1, 2003
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"Anyone who has to work should read How to Work for an Idiot."
"There is no question that How to Work for an Idiot is a subversive book. People will pick it up expecting a tasty blend of commiseration and advice. They will put it down thinking, to paraphrase the famous line from the cartoon character Pogo, 'We have met the idiot, and he is us.' "
--The New York Times
"Dr. Hoover recommends admitting that you are 'powerless' over the jerks in your life. Otherwise, 'harboring all that resentment is like drinking a cup of poison and waiting for the jerk to die.' "
--The Wall Street Journal
"How to Work for an Idiot contains a lot of humor, with plenty of good information as well.
--Campbell Brown, Weekend Today
"Dr. John's How to Work for an Idiot is very funny stuff, with some stinging jabs in there."
--Neil Cavuto, Fox News
"...an irreverent and realistic look at what people must deal with every day at work."
"As amusing as his vignettes may be, the proffered advice is pretty sound and includes solid steps for coping and surviving a daily dose of determined and authoritative stupidity without committing any capital crimes."
--The Miami Herald
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About the Author
John Hoover, PhD, is a popular executive coach and leadership/communications consultant. In former lives, he was a writer, line producer, and project director for the Marketing/Entertainment Division at The Disney Company and a divisional general manager with McGraw-Hill. He has helped dozens of clients in the corporate and public sectors, including ABC Television, Delta Air Lines, The Disney Channel, HBO, IBM, Hilton Hotels, Motorola/Verizon, Xerox, and many more. His clients welcomed him, praised his work...and sometimes even waited until he left the building before completely ignoring his advice. Dr. Hoover teaches at Fielding Graduate University and leads the Executive Coaching Practice at Partners in Human Resources International. He is the
author of more than a dozen books on leadership, creativity, and high performance. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book does have some important messages in with its almost abusive language. Learn what sets YOU off. Something that may drive you insane might be mild and non-concerning to others. Learn your own strengths and weaknesses. If you map out your own triggers, you can be aware of when they start to get set off.
Try to be supportive, even when it's challenging - it reciprocates across the system. Often your boss - no matter how poorly performing - based his own style off of HIS boss and thinks it's normal. So learn your own sensitivities, read books on management and begin to demonstrate good techniques TO him. He may pick up on them and start to learn.
Respond quickly and enthusiastically do good things (no matter how small). On the other hand, ignore or go slowly with any inappropriate situations. Use psychology to deliberately reinforce positive behavior and steer it.
There are lots of different boss styles to distinguish, from idiots to Gods, from Machiavellian to others. The book makes jokes about how the bosses got that way. I admit I was laughing at a few of them. Whatever your boss's style, communicate with them. Show you can be trusted. Learn to be serene with what you have. Don't obsess about being "right" - let that go, and aim for harmony. No matter what you do, no boss is going to be perfect. Accept the reality of the situation. Seek positive change, find common interests.
Try not to bash and rebel. That only makes things worse. You work for YOURSELF - for your own goals - not for his. Make sure you focus on making your own life smooth and quiet. Learn his hobbies, speak his language to communicate more clearly.
Resentment doesn't relax you or make you happy. Let it go. A great, upbeat employee can really have an incredibly powerful affect on the entire office.
So these are all REALLY important messages for any employee to absorb - no matter what type of boss you have. My concern is with the language. It's very harsh and at times abusive. If you are someone who doesn't "need" this type of language to get a message, you could easily find it offensive. But if you're a person who need it told straight to get the message, this book can be right up your alley.