The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilised Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't Paperback – 2 Dec 2010
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Entertaining and important ... This book is a blow for humanity as well as management (OBSERVER)
This meticulously researched book . . . puts into plain language an undeniable fact: the modern workplace is beset with a**holes . . . Sure to generate discussion around watercoolers (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)
The definitive guide to understanding, counteracting, and not becoming an a**hole. I am qualified to make this judgment because (a) I've been an a**hole a few times and (b) been a victim of a**holes more than a few times (Guy Kawasaki)
A wry and useful look at the patterns of bullying in the workplace (IRISH TIMES)
THE NO ASSHOLE RULE will be a manifesto for the masses who feel oppressed by the jerks they work with, serve and struggle to lead.See all Product Description
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As you might expect from the title, this is not your typical academic study. Even within the relatively informal sphere of management studies it relies heavily on anecdote, with a confessional air at times reminiscent of Charles Handy or even Rabbi Lional Blue.
The book is all about working with "armholes", or bullying overbearing obnoxious people who make your life a misery.
Bob Sutton is a noted academic, but has a good internet profile on the basis of this title, I've certainly heard him speak in podcasts, he maintains a blog and additional anecdotes regularly pop up.
The book is quite short, you could probably read it in an afternoon, and it is more like a really good magazine article, than a popular piece of social science. It is also crying out for an update with some more of the anecdotes that have been submitted over the years.
Having said all that, the book is brim full juicy stories, is an easy entertaining read and is likely to make you a nicer more considerate person. Not bad for a few pounds.
It's an entertaining and easy read, and good for managers to see why armholes must be dealt with. But it falls down in that there is almost no guidance on how to deal with an armhole colleague. The book merely suggests biding your time, going with the flow, enjoying small victories over the armhole and wait for them to be sacked. 3 out of 4 of this is good advice but it feels disabling. Also, the book has no irony in pointing out that bullies gang up on the weak, but then suggest witnesses to armhole behaviour "group together". And there's a later section of the book glorifying some very successful armholes...
I'm surprised this is already the second edition of the book. I'd recommend this as a read, but I'd recommend more the third edition, yet to be written, that actually has some workable advice.
Maybe it's just my vocation; I'm a software engineer for a company that makes equipment for scientific research but have also worked in both the private and public utility sectors. I've yet to meet an AH as described by Sutton. Yes, people are annoying, but not for the reasons as described in this book. The Sutton AH is not in anyway subtle in achieving their aims; they are big, mean, glaring, nasty, loud, humiliating, shout at you till you cry type AHs. Maybe if I was working in an accountancy or law firm I would meet more of these people. If that's the case then I'm happy where I am, even if my vocation is less prestigious.
Maybe it's Americans? Everywhere I've been in my life, not just the workplace there has been an implied no Sutton AH rule. I know that if I went into my workplace with an attitude as described in this book I wouldn't be there much longer. Thing is, noone had to read Sutton's book before enforcing this.
The biggest problem is his definition of an AH; they have to be as described above to qualify. However, in my opinion the AH character trait is associated much more with deviousness and manifests as manipulative, condescendent and arrogant behaviour. Most people know that they won't get away with acting like a Sutton AH.
Bob writes a lot on this topic in his Blog (which is very entertaining). If you want to take an Bob Sutton's A**hole self examination, you've got to take a stroll over to Guy Kawasaki's Blog and take the test.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived on time, as mentionned and the book is in perfect condition! I do recommend... Let's recycle and give book a 2nd life!!!!Published 4 months ago by Coursol
Useful and helpful enough but not great value if you're already not tolerating idiots at work...Published 14 months ago by Kevin Green
Very much appreciated the book. Slightly cathartic for me as I have experienced negative work places and sometimes you think you're just making it worse in your head, but once you... Read morePublished 20 months ago by yum
Gives you information that will make you more assertive especially if your boss really is an a-hole, nicely laid out aswell.Published on 6 Sept. 2013 by simmons232
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