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The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't Paperback – Sep 1 2010


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446698202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446698207
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Expletive or not, by the end of this book, listeners will be desensitized to the word "asshole," which is said hundreds of times in this audiobook. Sutton's premise seems pretty simple: get rid of arrogant jerks in the work place from every level of an organization. Through each chapter, he explores a different aspect of assholes, from identifying the type to dealing with them to what one should do if they believe they are an asshole to why it may be beneficial to keep one or two around. You'd think with a title like The No Asshole Rule, some humor would follow, but that's where the book falters. It's too serious and often too simplistic in its resolutions for curing the asshole problem at work. Sutton's reading of his own words lacks conviction. The interview with the author at the end proves interesting since his answers feel more candid than the rehearsed words of the audiobook.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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We all know them or know of them--the jerks and bullies at work who demean, criticize, and sap the energy of others, usually their underlings. It could be the notorious bad boss or the jealous coworker, but everyone agrees that they make life miserable for their victims and create a hostile and emotionally stifling environment. Fed up with how these creeps treat others and poison the workplace, Sutton declares war and comes out calling them exactly what they are--"certified assholes." Caricatured in sitcoms such as The Office, these brutes are too often tolerated until irreparable damage is done to individuals and the organization as a whole. Sutton's "no asshole rule" puts a stop to the abuse in no uncertain terms. Similar rules have transformed such companies as JetBlue, the Men's Wearhouse, and Google into shining examples of workplaces where positive self-esteem creates a more productive, motivated, and satisfied workforce. If you have ever been a victim, just reading Sutton's analysis brings calm relief, empowerment, and reassurance that you're not alone. David Siegfried
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Dearing on March 6 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sutton gets it just right in this highly entertaining and relevant book. We all know people like those described in the book. And coping with them - or better yet keeping them out of our work lives - is a problem worth solving. It's nice to see someone in academia who embraces the practical concerns of real-life managers. Sutton's blend of case studies and thoughtful analysis is like a tonic for the spirit of those of us who have endured the sphincterage of terrible colleagues. You might wish that Sutton had written this book a while ago. Do your children a favor and save a copy for them. They'll need it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Lijour on Oct. 20 2010
Format: Audio CD
Well written, read by the author, this audiobook refreshes my morning drive. Examples are illustrative and most of them make me laugh. Not a ground-breaking discovery (anti-harassment and anti-bullying laws are there for a reason), but it's good therapy to hear and to talk about it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Handmade Christmas Cards on March 10 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book does a great service to all readers. It is based on sound social psychology and good research . I am going to keep it as a great rererence for the future use. I also recommend Dr. Sutton's blog and Arse Test...
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Robert Sutton has a clear message. His title says it all. Don't hire them and deal with them according if already on staff. From my sales perspective, doing business with these types of clients shows little respect for your staff or company values. There is no reason to act like a jerk (sorry, I couldn't use the word). My business policy is seek out clients that you want to work with based on compatibility. Chase the good money. Leave the rest to someone else. Thanks for a great book Robert!
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