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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.
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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

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

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    David Hollister, CA, USA 02-16-08
    David Hollister, CA, USA 02-16-08 Member Since 2007
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    "okay, I get it"

    Interesting, but nowhere near the best advice book I have read. Some parts are really great, and the self reflection this book triggers is valuable to even the nicest of us (like me!), but some of the advice is really terrible. For example, this is not an area where "fighting fire with fire" is a good idea. If you are sensitive enough to be bothered by these people, do you really want to become one of them as a means of coping? I suspect not. I picked up some things from this book that I really appreciate, but I am also very glad to have read more than this one book. Summary - its worth a listen if you are a self help junkie, but don't take the advice too much to heart.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica York, PA, USA 07-30-07
    Jessica York, PA, USA 07-30-07
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    "Disappointing..."

    Disappointing... I really thought this book would help me deal with negativity in the work place. Once you get past laughing about the title, there is not much substance to the book. I didn't even listen to the last thirty minutes, too painful!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jo E. Meyertons Portland, OR USA 09-16-07
    Jo E. Meyertons Portland, OR USA 09-16-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Disappointing!"

    This book was a huge disappointment to me. Not only did it not offer any useful advice whatsoever on dealing with assholes, it quickly became plain to me that the author is an asshole himself. It was also an annoying listen - how is it possible that a Stanford professor repeatedly pronounces words such as "especially" as "expektially"? He sounds like an ignorant and arrogant man, and he offers no credible expertise in dealing with human beings. At least he expresses regret for his own horribly bad behavior, but it is too little and too late, and embedded in loads of subtle and not-so-subtle praise for assholes. Ew, ew, and ew! I pity this author's co-workers!

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Las Vegas, NV, USA 02-17-08
    Betty Las Vegas, NV, USA 02-17-08
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    "Great Listen"

    Wow What a great book! I work with a verbially abusive person in the office. This book gave me insight into why he acts the way he does. It has helped me realize that his actions arent my fault.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Roderick tucson 03-17-07
    Diane Roderick tucson 03-17-07 Member Since 2006

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    "helpful information"

    This is the first time I have felt compelled to write a review from a book from audible. Thank you ! I love this book, really cuts to the chase and full of clear thinking.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sabrina Ozark, AL, USA 08-11-07
    Sabrina Ozark, AL, USA 08-11-07
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    "Relate,Understand,laughter"

    I work in corporate America and I find myself in contact with A-hole people all the time, Sometimes I'm the A-hole. This book made me look at myself and say Hey you act like this. STOP!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Maki New York, NY, USA 08-04-07
    Maki New York, NY, USA 08-04-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Very Good But..."

    The intent of the book was quite good and the points the author made were also very much on target, but I have to say, listening to him read it was a bit distracting. Why? Well, he apparently has difficulty correctly pronouncing words that begin with the letters "es", like "especially". Yes, this Stanford grad would pronounce "especially" (which he used quite often) as "EX-specially". And it wasn't only "especially" that he would do this with. He also would say "EXscape". Quite grating after hearing it for the 40th time. Otherwise, it was quite entertaining.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shauna Fairview, TN, United States 01-05-12
    Shauna Fairview, TN, United States 01-05-12
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    Would you try another book from Robert I. Sutton and/or Robert Sutton?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    I missed that this was the abridged version, so I'm hoping my disappointment was due to not hearing the entire book. I download this book based on a pretty great podcast featuring the author, but felt like the book was missing some of the info I would have expected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Nashville, TN, USA 08-09-07
    Kathleen Nashville, TN, USA 08-09-07
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    "Group hug"

    Cathartic yes, but not very helpful in dealing with the subject matter. After the first twenty or so examples of corporate assholes, it all seems so pointless and obvious for those of us living it. Maybe you will see yourself in the pages of this book. You'll probably even laugh but you won't find much help.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor Discovery Bay, CA, USA 05-14-07
    Eleanor Discovery Bay, CA, USA 05-14-07
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    "It's about time!"

    I hesitated to purchase this book because once it's on the I-POD, there is alway chance of our teen sons being interested in looking at it. I then decided that if they asked about it, I would let let listen and it would be a great opportunity to tell how things will be in their lives in just a few short years. There can't be ANYONE who does not identify with this book, whether as a transgressor or victim, and both sides can (hopefully) learn. And the humor factor is pretty high, the writing well done, and the scenarious true to life. It's a hit-you know, the book you KNOW you will DEFINITELY listen to many times over the life of your I-POD! Great "light
    listen" where you learn without even knowing it!
    Language is the only barrier for either kids or adults who can't just filter it out-I got tired of it so I just began to ignore it.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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