We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't | [Robert I. Sutton]

The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

In a landmark article published in the Harvard Business Review, Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton addressed a taboo topic that affects every workplace: employees who are insensitive to their colleagues, corporate bullies, bosses who just don't get it, the kind of people who make you exclaim in exasperation, "What an asshole!" Now, in a definitive book that addresses this growing problem, Sutton shows you how you can work with unsavory people without becoming one of them yourself.
Regular Price:$19.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

In a landmark article published in the esteemed Harvard Business Review, Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton addressed a taboo topic that affects every workplace: employees who are insensitive to their colleagues, corporate bullies, bosses who just don't get it, the kind of people who make you exclaim in exasperation, "What an asshole!"

Now, in a definitive book that addresses this growing problem, Sutton shows you how you can work with unsavory people without becoming one of them yourself.

©2007 Robert I. Sutton, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Sutton's work is sure to generate discussions at watercoolers around the country and deserves influence in corporate hiring and firing strategies." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.5 (349 )
5 star
 (89)
4 star
 (92)
3 star
 (97)
2 star
 (41)
1 star
 (30)
Overall
3.8 (95 )
5 star
 (30)
4 star
 (35)
3 star
 (19)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (6)
Story
3.9 (95 )
5 star
 (31)
4 star
 (32)
3 star
 (22)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jeff Perth, Australia 02-09-10
    Jeff Perth, Australia 02-09-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "ultimately unhelpful really..."

    okay, so in the last 6 months or so, the place i work had new guys start all within a short period of time who know each other from their last job and have formed a clique of "certified assholes" who have caused a huge dichotomy and made our dept a very negative environment with their bullying and cynical ways.

    hence, the purchase of this book.

    the good thing about this book is that he describes characteristics about these assholes perfectly - which was good for a laugh as i watched them do exactly as the narrator said...
    the bad thing is that after all this, you never really get told how to counter them apart from either "going with the flow" or resorting to 'tit for tat' methods of winning "small battles" to gradually undermine them.
    personally, i much prefer to use only positive methods to achieve desired things in life and disagree with these negative uses of thought energy.

    i wouldnt recommend this book unless you are just looking to affirm your suspicions about the assholes at work!

    one thing that makes this book unique is the rather annoying usage of the word: "expecially" every 3 minutes; and this is an audiobook, so it cant be dismissed as a typo!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gilbert 12-06-14
    Gilbert 12-06-14 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    106
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplac"
    What did you love best about The No Asshole Rule?

    That someone is actually thinking about how to convey the idea of having a work place governed by ideas of common decency!


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The No Asshole Rule?

    I will be more cognizant of how i react to fellow work mates.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Maria 06-05-14
    Maria 06-05-14 Member Since 2010
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So funny!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book is for anyone who has worked with or for an asshole. Also helpful for those who make hiring-firing decisions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The No Asshole Rule?

    The stories from the author about real-life a**hole bosses will have you doubled over.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The breakdown of the cost a company suffers from employing an a**hole was valuable. It doesn't pay to hire and retain them! They do more damage than good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. This book is also very short, so you can almost listen to it in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    valarie hollister, ca, United States 06-07-13
    valarie hollister, ca, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2010

    Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    88
    47
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not bad...."

    WOW I realize the title is "*sshole but he really over says it! It was entertaining but not sure if I really got anything useful out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elyssa Secunda, South Africa 12-17-12
    Elyssa Secunda, South Africa 12-17-12 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Insightful and fun"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is relevant to anyone that deals with people, be it work, church or being part of a sports club. The book helps you to identify the "certified assholes" and teaches you how to stay sane in an asshole infested workplace.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible: Please provide the asshole checklist in print so that we can download it an complete it on paper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Greg Cohoon Greensboro, NC USA 11-11-12
    Greg Cohoon Greensboro, NC USA 11-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Husband, Father, Knitter, Worship Leader, Amateur Theologian, Musician, IT Professional (opinions my own), Ham Radio Op, Geocacher, Baseball Fan, Marathoner, Novelist, Poet

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I Bet The Essay Was Better"

    I suspect that the the essay that was the basis for this book was a better read than the full book. I absolutely love the premise and the fact that it is important to build civilized workplaces. It is absolutely true that the working world is full of assholes, which really tends to make things suck. But once you establish that, and give some high level advice on how to avoid it, how to get away from it, and how to recognize it in yourself, there's not a lot of need for something deeper.

    I was particularly happy that the author chose to use the word "asshole" instead of something less offensive like "bully." He describes why he did that, and how it was an intentional, important choice. Using that word is more forceful than a less offensive word, and tends to make the ideas presented carry more weight. For organizations that implement the rule, they are more likely to be successful with it if they call it the "asshole rule." He does use that word a lot. By the time the book was over, it didn't even register when he said it. So maybe he overdid it some -- again, I think the shorter essay was probably a more appropriate treatment.

    It's a good rule to enforce at work. It's a good thing to keep in mind when examining yourself, to make sure that you're not the asshole. And if your workplace doesn't enforce it, it's a good thing to recognize, and to take steps to move on to a workplace that does. Unless you work for Apple, maybe.

    It was a good listen, but I wouldn't recommend spending any money to listen to or read it yourself. Borrow a copy from the library if you want. Or search the web for a number of blog posts (some by the author) about the subject, and you'll be fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James Bond Hanover, NH, United States 07-23-12
    James Bond Hanover, NH, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2006

    WHM

    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Must Listen for Every A#&hole"
    What did you love best about The No Asshole Rule?

    This book helps you understand the horror that poor attitude cah heap on a company. Learn what you can do, even if you are a natural a-hole to stop it.


    What does Robert Sutton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gave hope to a-holes. He let them know that there is an out and a way that you can survive and in fact be effective in a company with this rule. A Must Listen and note that it is short. If you don't like what you are hearing it will be over soon, just like your career.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    A User Huntington Park, CA, United States 11-20-10
    A User Huntington Park, CA, United States 11-20-10 Member Since 2005
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    81
    3
    Overall
    "Fun to imagine my coworkers."

    Interesting to hear about when things go wrong in business vs. all the right decisions that the great leaders make. I was able to quicky see some of the things people in my chain of command do. Fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    C Jones Scottsdale, AZ United States 01-03-10
    C Jones Scottsdale, AZ United States 01-03-10 Member Since 2008

    C Jones

    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Review of The No Asshole Rule""

    Interesting and entertaining. If you work in an office environment - you'll find types you recognize here and it's refreshing to hear them described in context. I enjoyed this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Vincent Daniel Rinaldi 10-25-07 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "THe No Asshole Rule"

    Boring and except for the title not worth the money or time to listen....

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-20 of 22 results PREVIOUS123NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.