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Do you remember when you had your first thought of corporate America and working there? A job of high importance came to mind, maybe even wearing a suit and working in a fancy office. The sad truth in the matter of this place is, although it has its perks and benefits, it has about as much politics and as many cliques as the high school cafeteria. When thinking about life after high school we always imagined that the real world wouldn't have as many barriers. The cool kids, although they were completely outnumbered by the kids that weren't, had the approval of the staff to lead and make decisions for the overall student body. You might remember being frustrated by this because these students weren't as bright or as knowledgeable as you or your peers about what they were running or leading. The staff's only job was to teach, and they ignored the many obstacles put in place by these cliques. One might laugh at the comparison of corporate America to high school, but to many who have lived it, they know it's a spot-on truth when comparing the politics involved in each.

©2016 Robert Greene (P)2016 Robert Greene

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NOT by the famous author "Robert Greene"

This book is not by the author of 48 Laws of Power, Mastery etc...
This is a different Robert Greene. I wish I would I have know that before I bought this book.

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Barely Qualifies as a pamphlet

This purchase stands out of the more than 60 books I have purchased from audible as qualified rip off. There is barely enough information for it to qualify as billboard let alone a book.

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Anyone Beginning Their Career Should Read This

All these rules apply in the government as well. I did 8-years in the USAF, worked within the government since then, and recently started a corporate job. I started getting like everyone was playing by a set of rules that I want familiar with. The government is always looking for ways to save time and money. Corporate America says that they do too but push back with so much force when you suggest or implement a change. I live Robert Greene's books anyway, but this one I immediately applied and things were better. In his words "I learned to color the roses." Which is another way if saying in military jargon "Shut-up and color!"

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Yup, office politics, it’s a thing…

This is the most honest, raw, real, accurate advice about office politics that no one wants to talk about, and each law is summed up with simple, helpful, descriptive examples. None of this is backed by science, but if you’ve ever had a job, I’m sure a few of the laws will sound familiar.

I know there are companies that make an effort to remove the types of toxic, childish, manipulative, deceptive, crab people the author mentions, but most businesses, large and small, just don’t care, cuz profit. This audiobook helps guide you through some of the common crap you’ll likely have to deal with at work.

I learned all 8 lessons the hard way, 2 lessons I had just learned earlier this year, the other 6 are common in large companies who employ thousands of people. I’ve also worked for small business owners who fit the cut-throat, back stabbing, drama starting, delusional bosses described here too. I doubt I would have believed any of it, had I not experienced it myself.

The info provided is cynical, negative, it sounds defeatist and is depressingly and completely accurate. This has been the only audiobook I’ve found that provides practical advice and examples on how to handle the useless organizational management policies and the cult-like culture of work. I’m going to be cheesy and thank the author, Robert Greene, for writing this.

The narrator was great, I sped up the narration to 1.4X.

I personally still prefer working for larger companies, despite the unnecessary crap they drag you through. They pay better, provide medical, dental, vision, paid time off, unpaid time off, and some provide a 401K and contribute to it too! If you can ride it out long enough to afford a way out without losing your sanity, or humanity, it’s worth it in my opinion, but to each their own! If you have a job, and you aren’t the boss, this book will help you understand, and get through it.

Rant over.

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I enjoy Mr. Green's viewpoint

I don't use the rules myself but it is nice to have someone that is aware of them and points out that they exist. I imagine this is what mentors and others would do in the past when you entered a job so that you could navigate the sometimes dangerous waters of climbing the corporate ladder. It gets more windy the higher you go.

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Great words to propel through Corporate America.

College cannot prepare you for interactions of the daily working activities in a corporation.

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Very informational

I originally thought this would be a boring book, but it turned out to be the opposite. The book is very entertaining with the way it explains the material. My favorite part is how simple to understand the complex world of corporate politics can be. I recommend this to everybody going into a job with corporate politics.

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Great Book

Book is written in a short, sweet, and has information in a very digestible way.

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good book

this is a good book, a little short, but it is straight to the point

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Awesomeness

Simple powerful Robert Greene! I will listen to it many more times. All of Robert Greene's book are text books for real life.

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Unexpected

Ofcourse it's expected RG will always put out quality work, but this short yet effective pice was unexpected

It doesn't particularly bring new information to light, but re-unforced those things we know in the back of our heads we just need somebody else to say out loud.

A lot of practical advice about what NOT to do, which can help avoid a lot of blunders I still make myself in daily life especially in a new work place
(He doesn't tell any stories in this one)

More than worth it 5*