Following in the footsteps of The Dilbert Principle, the latest business book from the master of office angst.
Billed as the evolution of the Dilbert Principal, the book reworks the same formula (hence just the four star review), with Scott Adams as tongue-in-cheek and insightful as ever.
To those who have worked in corporates, then it's all eerily true. Some parts of the book will make you feel very uncomfortable as you recognise your own traits, and others will make you laugh out loud as you recognise those of your bosses and colleagues. If this is unfamiliar territory for you, then believe me, this is what it's like to work in a large office, especially in the hi-tech industry.
On a serious note, Dilbert is the antidote to all management training. Make sure you read it before your next course so that your cynicism tanks are full. If nothing else, you'll be primed with examples of all the faults that the management gurus are trying to pick out.
Of course Dilbert is really just about fun. Club together with fellow team-mates and buy it for your boss for Christmas. Watch as your boss's initial delight turns to paranoia as he/she wonders if you're trying to tell them something. The average PHB (buy the book to find out what it means) will be distracted for months trying to figure this out.
However, no matter how funny the situations or insightful the comments, I didn't find the book as fresh and new as the earlier ones. Being a Dilbert fan I had seen most of it before, hence only 4 stars for this book. Perhaps he could have made more of the recent financial 'irregularities' in the business world, which are begging to be commented on.
Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, sometimes just smiling and other times bursting out in laughter.
In summary, I can only give it a qualified recommendation. It is as good an introduction to Dilbert and his world as any of the other books. For Dilbert fans, not a must have. Is Scott Adams running out of new things to say? Maybe.
Scott Adams distills the behavior of people.
People that weasels to get out of work,
get more pay, or avoid responsibility.
And fortunately his revelations are pretty hilarious.
Simply, Scott Adams' "Dilbert and the way of the Weasel".
is a terrific book about the Weasel zone.
The place where our gross national product is
This one improves on the earlier offerings in the same vein and format by not getting bogged down in Adams' serious views about how to run a business, although there is some serious-ish material. The book demonstrates that without weasels the economy will in fact grind to a standstill and we would end up sending pigs with wigs to Wallies as mail-order brides from fulfilment centres in Elbonia for a living.
There is however less original material in this than before, Adams having introduced the weasel concept some years ago (the strip about "the lesser of two weasels" in the electronics shop, for instance). Still, it is obligatory reading for all members of Dogbert's New Ruling Class.
Can we have a Dilbert discussion forum, though? The old website was very good but ironically enough got taken over by a Pointy-Haired Boss some years ago and turned into something a lot less useful. Weasel theory give us a whole lot more to discuss now.