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The Management Secrets of T. John Dick Paperback – April 1, 2003
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Imagine if the pointy haired Boss from Dilbert wrote his own version of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and you have an idea of the type of facetious advice offered in The Management Secrets of T. John Dick... ...If you work in an office, pick up a copy of this book. You'll definitely laugh. And you may cry too, because T. John Dick is too close to the truth. --Greensboro News & Record
Any book that begins with a guarantee to teach readers nothing of value or give insight into anything is destined to be a classic. The Management Secrets of T. John Dick is no exception. ...The book is laugh out loud funny… Gump takes us deep inside T.J's head where the other characters are outlined through his eyes. These characters are well drawn, even though they are not always as T.J. sees them. They reveal their true selves in dialogue exchanges with T.J. and his character is deepened in how he interprets these remarks. --Hickory Daily Record
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The Management Secrets of T. John Dick will teach you nothing of any value. It will not make you a better manager. It will not provide a valuable insight into anything. We guarantee it.
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"The Management Secrets of T. John Dick" is the perfect antidote to the serried ranks of worthy business tomes that assault the weary traveler in airport bookstores, and will raise a chuckle with anyone who's ever been touched by the corporate world - managers, secretaries, engineers, or just anyone who feels the need of a good laugh. Perhaps people should give a copy to their boss!
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In 1969, we had The Peter Principle which, as you recall, states: "In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence." In 2003, Augustus Gump took The Peter Principle, threw in some Dilbert, added a large dose of corporate and government bureaucracy, and turned the whole thing into The Management Secrets of T. John Dick.
This book is a modern classic, a truly excellent first novel by a man who obviously knows the reality of corporate life.
Seriously though, this was the best read of the week. Hats off to the incomparable Mr. Gump whose perfect turn of phrase and accurate description of the street names in town of Falling Rock kept me turning pages far into the night.
The book gets more and more enjoyable, the further you get into it, as T. J. somehow finds increasingly elaborate and and ridiculous ways to make a complete chump of himself, culminating in a truly hilarious round of golf with the Company President, during which a bizarre chain of events lead to a fire in our hero's pants.
Although they are always seen through the filter of T. J.'s unique view of the universe of which he forms the center, other characters too are interesting and fun, especially Ronnie, T. J.'s laconic nemesis, Hans, the ebullient German acting President of the company, and Grace, T.J.'s less than devoted wife, who puts up a spirited and entirely successful resistance to all his attempts to apply his management techniques to his marriage.
The novel is very cleverly and stylishly written. The author does a wonderful job of lettting T.J. expose his own absurdity, while believing he is painting a heroic self-portrait. In summary - a very funny book and a great read.
I literally was laughing out loud while reading this because it's so easy to imagine in my particular corporate setting. Watching this gentleman stumble through the corporate lifestyle, and rationally analyze each situation so badly yet in so much sophisticated detail, was a great experience.
I loved the movie Office Space, but I think this book is even better. I give everyone in corporate America my highest five-start rating plugging this book.
This was a very funny and witty book. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the situations when I read them, and laughing even harder hours later when I had a chance to digest them. I look forward to the next book from this author.
I gave it as a gift to some of my colleagues and they all loved it.
Don't hesitate - you won't regret it.