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
"Sutton's work is sure to generate discussions at watercoolers around the country and deserves influence in corporate hiring and firing strategies." (Publishers Weekly)
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!!
great read I highly enjoyed it. quick easy read. great content. listen while you're driving or, sitting at the office . I really want to figure out how to share this book as onebook
That someone is actually thinking about how to convey the idea of having a work place governed by ideas of common decency!
I will be more cognizant of how i react to fellow work mates.
Yes. This book is for anyone who has worked with or for an asshole. Also helpful for those who make hiring-firing decisions.
The stories from the author about real-life a**hole bosses will have you doubled over.
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.
Yes. This book is also very short, so you can almost listen to it in one sitting.
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.
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.
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.
Audible: Please provide the asshole checklist in print so that we can download it an complete it on paper.
Husband, Father, Knitter, Worship Leader, Amateur Theologian, Musician, IT Professional (opinions my own), Ham Radio Op, Geocacher, Baseball Fan, Marathoner, Novelist, Poet
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.
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.