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The Dilbert Principle Paperback – 19 Sep 1997


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd; New edition edition (19 Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752224700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752224701
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.4 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What started as a doodle has turned Scott Adams into a superstar of the cartoon world. Dilbert debuted on the comics page in 1989 while Adams was in the tech department at Pacific Bell. Adams continued to work at Pacific Bell until he was voluntarily downsized in 1995. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1979.

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You loved the comic strip; now read the business advice. Or should that be anti-business advice? Scott Adams provides the hapless victim of re-engineering, rightsizing and Total Quality Management some strategies for fighting back, er, coping. Forced to work long hours, with no hope of a raise? Adams offers tips on maintaining parity in compensation. Along the way, Adams explains what ISO 9000 really is and assesses the irresistibility of female engineers.

The breath-taking cynicism of the strip should prepare readers for the author's no-holds-barred attack on management fads, large organizations, pointless bureaucracy and sadistic rule-makers who glory in control of office supplies. Readers of the on-line Dilbert Newsletter are familiar with the kind of e-mail Adams receives from his readers--and may even have sent a few of those missives themselves. Along with illustrative strips, e-mail messages provide excruciating examples of corporate behavior which compel the reader to agree with Adams when he insists that "People are idiots".

The final chapter offers a model for would-be successful businesses to follow: the OA5 model. It's introduced with little fanfare, no outrageous promises and just the right amount of self-deprecation.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Oct 2003
Format: Paperback
The reason for the remarkable success of Scott Adams' Dilbert cartoon strip is obvious; he has captured the flavor of modern business and held it up to the light of truth, revealing all of its quirks, crazy strategies, and downright insanity for all to see. Dilbert is the working man's hero; while we toil away in our little cubicles, waiting for quitting time and weekends, Dilbert and his pals are fighting back – well, not fighting, but they are doing all kinds of complaining, the same complaining most office workers do, albeit not so forthrightly. The Dilbert Principle is the book that made a cult comic strip a treasury of American humor; taken outside the frames of his heralded daily comic strip, Scott Adams is even funnier and more insightful than even many a Dilbert fan would have thought possible. He's been there, and he knows what he is talking about.
In this bestselling book, Adams basically defines corporate culture; telling us many things we already know yet doing so in a fashion that is brilliantly funny. His explanation for the craziness of business today is a simple one: People are idiots, which is something I've been saying that for years. Adams includes himself among the idiot population. We all do stupid things from time to time, and those who do more stupid things than others wind up in corner offices with windows and a secretary while the majority of folks toil away in their sensory deprivation chambers (or cubicles). Adams explains the nature of this beast we call the workplace, illustrating his points with the help of over 400 Dilbert cartoons and reinforcing even the most seemingly inane assumptions he makes with actual case reports of real people who have written to him of their own experiences.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan 1999
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A great book ! If you believe that only in your company people without a brain achieve the top management positions, reading this book you'll discover that you share a common problem. This book will let you know about management, human resources, conventions, quality programs: basically it'll teach you about stupidity and things that produce nothing. The most hilarious things are true e-mails from real people. After this book you'll know that "...you're not the only one in the Dilbert Principle...".
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By bernie VINE VOICE on 7 July 2005
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This book is so real that it is scary. You can tell that Scott Adams has spent time. His description of cube life is still relevant today.
I have been trying to justify the Peter Principle and could not make it fit but after reading this book all things became clear. It is impossible to keep a straight face in meetings with out seeing the different types of personalities doing their thing. I can even anticipate what they are going to say and the reactions.
Usually as most books and movies you recognize everyone but yourself. The most obnoxious person will laugh at his stereotype or just not get the point when it comes to movies and books. However this book is scary in the fact that I could see myself when Scott was describing engineers. And it took a little while to realize what he was talking about the ringing device that knows when to break your concentration.
I am going to leave a copy on QA's desk.
MY next must read is "Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook"
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By Mr. William Oxley VINE VOICE on 2 Aug 2007
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An absolute classic book which is so true to life. This book is part comically stories and part cartoon sketches.

The cartoon strip character Dilbert recreates the office environment to a tee. The musings of Scott Adams are brilliant.

Once you become a Dilbert fan then you will be hooked for life.
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By D. A. R. Kyle on 1 April 2014
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you WILL recognise somebody in this book, or else you have been living in a cave in
the Andes. Very well observed commentary on office politics, human interaction, personalities,
AND cartoons!! whats not to like?
and funny
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By pau on 30 Nov 2013
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I haven't read it all yet (and maybe I'll never do it). It is funny. A book to read when you don't have any other thing to do.
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