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The No Asshole Rule Audiobook

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

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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

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)

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    Jeff Perth, Australia 02-09-10
    Jeff Perth, Australia 02-09-10
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    "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
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    Maki New York, NY, USA 08-04-07
    Maki New York, NY, USA 08-04-07
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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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joao Castro 01-20-17
    Joao Castro 01-20-17
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    "aged very well and remains relevant."

    aged very well and remains relevant. hated the editing that added music over the narrator at the end of each chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PENSACOLA, FL, United States 11-04-16
    Amazon Customer PENSACOLA, FL, United States 11-04-16 Member Since 2015

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    "heavy on consequences of assholes; light on soluti"

    it was good to know the impact of an a****** on an organization and on Team Dynamics. one thing I wish the author could have explained was some of the solutions to handle a****** other than firing them. I say this because many of the listeners may be like myself and do not have the power to fire or avoid a******* in the workplace. good read though.

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    ali 09-05-16
    ali 09-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible audiobook "

    Quite a short audiobook on an interesting topic, the author's ideas about assholes and how organizations and individuals should deal with them are quite interesting; however, the audiobook doesn't really give you much besides what you could find in a 2 page article about the topic so that was quite disappointing. However, the audiobook itself is just plain terrible. The narration is subpar and is riddled with stupidly annoying music that overpowers the voice at big portions of it. I really can't imagine such horrible quality being offer on audible, and I will he requesting a refund of my credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    -C. 07-23-16
    -C. 07-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Starts out promising then crashes and burns."

    I found neither valuable knowledge nor entertaining anecdotes. Definitely falls short of expectations.

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    Buki Adeniji 07-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read for team leaders and contributors"

    Very easy read with thoughtful and practical stories and recommendations.

    I have read a number of Robert Sutton's books and took a number of his classes and I highly recommend to everyone leading or building teams, and organizations.

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    Kelly 07-06-16
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    "Important read for managers"

    I recently experienced working for an asshole and everything he said would happen did happen when this person was fired

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    Ryan McCandless 05-27-16
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    "Nothing beyond the Cliche!"
    What was most disappointing about Robert I. Sutton’s story?

    I am more than comfortable with the use of profanity, however, the use of "asshole" became cliche. Coupled that with the fact that this book offered little if any real insight on conflict resolution. This book at best is a compilation of "Bad" boss stories.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a book the drives home the point that power goes to people's heads, and you wish to hear examples, then give it a listen.If you are looking for a book on conflict resolutions or self betterment book, look elsewhere.

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    Laura Dumuhosky 12-28-15 Member Since 2017
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    "I wish it had been read by a professional"

    At the risk of sounding like an @$$hole, this reading was terrible. I'm certain he's a brilliant man, but his pronunciation is difficult to listen to- "exspecially" when he is emphatic about something, which he seems to be about everything. The tone is overexcited and the text is mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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