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  • Bargepole Management: Minimal Input - Maximum Gain

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mitch Vandell
    • Narrated By Ron Herczig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Bargepole Management is a business self-help book that breaks the mold—it’s not about improving yourself or achieving success through your own skills and merits, instead, it posits the theory of how managing information and perceptions of yourself through the “bargepole” system and approach can help you succeed regardless of how good (or bad) you are at your job.

    GORDON says: "Don't get bargepoled. Save your money."
    "Humor and Truth in This Self-Help Book"
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    “Bargepole Management” is a business self-help book that breaks the mold—it’s not about improving yourself or achieving success through your own skills and merits, which the author frankly points out is not feasible for many people (not everyone can be a rockstar at work). Instead, it posits the theory of how managing information and perceptions of yourself through the “bargepole” system can help you succeed regardless of how good (or bad) you are at your job.

    The book starts with an exploration of what bargepoling is, followed by “types” of bargepolers, from “the aristocrat” who projects an image of quality control to the “enchanter,” who uses optimism and friendliness to make himself indispensible. From there, the author tackles topics such as “self-accept psychology,” detaching performance from quantifiable measurements, and step-by-step implementation of his theories.

    While in an ideal world, working hard would get you ahead, as a realistic person I can see that doesn’t work in corporate America very often. That being said, the concepts of bargepoling make sense, especially since the author focuses on human nature and manipulation of it; he writes with a clear and humorously cutthroat style that I enjoyed. One of my favorite bits of information was what pay is actually measured on—when I looked at the three criteria listed, I realized it was very true and helpful to consider going forward.

    As far as the audio--it's clear and the reader has a strong voice that makes good use of inflection without going over the top; it's entertaining listening.

    In conclusion, this is a useful one for employees who want to take their career to the next level using tactics most people might not admit to, but which would work very well in a corporate setting.

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