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Dinosaur Brains: Dealing with All Those Impossible People at Work [Hardcover]

Albert J. Bernstein , Sydney Craft Rozen
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March 20 1989
This book will help you deal with your employees and co-workers by giving you the keys to understanding the way their brains--and yours--work. Using the metaphor of the dinosaur brain, the authors detail a whole range of human responses dictated by a part of the human brain sometimes beyond our control. They then show you what to expect from that part of the brain and how to be prepared for it, including such problems as turf battles, reflexive competitiveness, and office courtship. Outlines the rules of ^lizard logic, and how to use them to your advantage.

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This book deals with irrational thinking and unconscious motivation at the office--"because people at work aren't always the rational creatures that other management books talk about." The authors cover basic personnel management theory and argue that people's irrational and emotional acts are based on primitive fight, flight, and fright responses--all part of the "dinosaur brain." They identify situations when such behavior is taking place and offer suggestions for what to do when coworkers behave in this manner. Although the basic information may be available in other sources, it is presented clearly and with the right amount of humor in this book. Recommended for all business collections.
- Michael Kathman, St. John's Univ., Collegeville, Minn.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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If you find yourself hating your job, feeling frustrated at work, or you just can't stand someone you work with, give Dinasaur Brains a try. It teaches, with plenty of humor and VERY realistic examples, how to understand what's going on inside those "dinasaur brains" you work with (and your own)
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The book deals with real life situations at work nobody else in the field dares to touch. The authors attitude towards the tough issues in organizational behavior is naturalistic, professional, humorous and buzzword free. Compuslory reading, especially for a young professional who wants to underderstand the implicit - and thus the strongest - micro-rules driving corporate life.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Remedy For Frustration On The Job Feb. 9 1999
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I first read this book in 1990. Over the years I have given my personal copy to a number of co-workers who were having trouble coping with the workplace. I've had to replace my copy several times because they usually "forgot" to give it back. The chapter on the self-destructive nature of anger has served me well in many situations over the yeas. I consider this book a must for my own library.
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The best book about the social things that happen at work I've read so far. Clearly written, based on the simple principles of 'reptile logic'. I use it as my bible.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Remedy For Frustration On The Job Feb. 9 1999
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I first read this book in 1990. Over the years I have given my personal copy to a number of co-workers who were having trouble coping with the workplace. I've had to replace my copy several times because they usually "forgot" to give it back. The chapter on the self-destructive nature of anger has served me well in many situations over the yeas. I consider this book a must for my own library.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect anecdote to frustration created at the workplace Jan. 21 1997
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Format:Paperback
If you find yourself hating your job, feeling frustrated at work, or you just can't stand someone you work with, give Dinasaur Brains a try. It teaches, with plenty of humor and VERY realistic examples, how to understand what's going on inside those "dinasaur brains" you work with (and your own)
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent realistic explanations of organizational behavior! July 30 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book deals with real life situations at work nobody else in the field dares to touch. The authors attitude towards the tough issues in organizational behavior is naturalistic, professional, humorous and buzzword free. Compuslory reading, especially for a young professional who wants to underderstand the implicit - and thus the strongest - micro-rules driving corporate life.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable information about different situations at work Feb. 10 1999
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The best book about the social things that happen at work I've read so far. Clearly written, based on the simple principles of 'reptile logic'. I use it as my bible.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aspirin for the work headaches April 13 2010
By Nese ISIK - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of our problems in the work are well associated to the other people.

The concept of dinosaur brain and the lizard logic perfectly explain why colleagues, bosses, clients, etc cost us such a hard-time, inefficiencies and countless headaches.

After reading this book, you will not only learn to survive and fight off the dinosaur brains surrounding you but also to recognize your own dinosaur brain and muzzle it to your own advantage.
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