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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 1999
Reading this makes you laugh out loud, then you think "Hey, my boss said that to me!" and you realise that its very close to the way some people actualy think. People do think like this, companies do issue stupid orders without thinking them through, policies that make no sense are still enforced, and all the time people below such bosses are thinking "How does he do that?" or, more often, "Why does he do that?" and "Why is he still here?" A book like this works because it is close to the truth, you read it and relate to it. This is very close to the truth and very funny.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 August 2015
Taken literally this is probably the worst management book every written, it is a guide to driving employees mad via bad management and offers many excellent examples of how to do this.
Here is an example:

SUCCESS STRATEGIES
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it's rare, but sometimes your employees will accidentally come up with a good idea.

When that happens you must first reject the idea and then later claim it as your own. You can reject the idea using one of these time-tested pieces of logic.

IDEA REJECTION OPTIONS
1. If it's such a good idea, why isn't everyone else doing it?
2. It's too late. Everyone else is already doing it.

Then let the good idea age for a while. An hour is good. Call the employee into your office and explain the idea in detail as though your previous conversation had never happened. At this point you might think the employee would recognize "your" idea as his or her own and protest. But experience shows that the employee's central nervous system will go into shock when you explain "your" idea, thus causing the deer-in-the-headlights reaction that you want.

Sometimes, despite your most diligent efforts to prevent it, your employees will create something successful without giving you an opportunity to hijack credit during the idea phase. If you are victim-ized by that scam, don't panic; you can still take credit by affixing your name to the finished product. Justify it to your employees by reminding them that the other people in the company are too "level conscious" and you need to make sure their work gets the attention it deserves. List your name as the "Esteemed Project Leader." The employees who did the actual work should be given less important sounding titles, such as "Typist," "Staple Person," and "Assistant Photocopier."

CONCLUSION
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As you have probably figured out this book is taking the piss, but by describing bad management it educates on what not to do.
Anybody that has been badly managed will find this book especially informative and it is rather therapeutic to laugh about things in the book that have happened you.
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This is my favourite of the Dilbert books. It condenses so much knowledge down into a hilarious and biting book.

This book has me rolling around the floor laughing. But it also teaches me a lot about how managers think, and how to get round them, or reduce them to absurdity...which they are so thick they never recognise. Mauve truly has the most RAM for most managers. And if they don't understand that they can pay a management consultant to pull the wool over their eyes and convince them that do understand it. And clearly all mistakes are due to character flaws in employees.

The more we discover about our managers the less sensible they appear. The question arises, "How well could we live without them?" This book lampoons management activity mercilessly and accurately, and hilariously.

Highly recommended, and you may both laugh and cry at the stupidity of it all. Many a true word is spoken in jest.
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on 15 January 2013
Although I knew that the book was second hand, the cover was less neat than taken from the description. The content of course is great as always.
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on 7 July 2011
Fantastic service, I am pleased to say that I got it in less 2 weeks on a standard international ship method. Thank you THE-TARTAN-FROG. Cheers,
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VINE VOICEon 28 March 2008
If you are a manager, this instructive and practical business guide will help you maintain the status quo. This has any number of benefits including camoflaging your laziness and gross inadequacy, demotivating those who might otherwise leapfrog you on the career ladder and allowing you more time for golf.

If you are a minion, stay away. Some things, whilst extremely amusing, are far too painful to know.
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on 22 January 2015
The recipient loved it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2013
Have not read it myself but friend enjoyed it. wasn't in very good conmdition when it arrived but very cheap.
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