- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (Oct. 10 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306815125
- ISBN-13: 978-0306815126
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 18.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,805,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death by PowerPoint: A Modern Office Survival Guide Paperback – Oct 9 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Flocker brings the mocking humor from his Metrosexual Guide to Style and its follow-ups to the workplace, but the effect is like throwing a fresh coat of paint on a rundown old car. Much of his advice is exactly what you'd find in any other handbook to the corporate environment, like the chestnut about dressing for the job one level higher than your current position, while still maintaining your individual sense of style. Even worse are the passages that haven't been fresh since the mid-1990s, like a list of warning signs for e-mail addiction or making fun of "action item" and other corporate buzzwords. When Flocker does venture into original territory, his anti-corporate humor is stuck on the level of juvenile pranks. He recommends messing with your co-workers' heads by moving things on their desks when they aren't looking or interrupting meetings with silly questions. There's also a slew of wacky new vocabulary terms culled from the Internet, several of which actually have very little to do with the workplace. Marginal illustrations liven things up, but even they aren't as entertaining as reading a Dilbert collection—which would better equip readers for office politics as well. (Nov. 30)
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As a self help book to combat bullying co-workers, dress for success and so on it is actually quite well done assuming the reader can differentiate between the jokes and the serious advice. I thought the his response to dealing with bullies who try and force more work onto others was brilliant such a work bully on a company online noticeboard saying wouldn't it be great if those reports could be presented alphabetically and the great reply of that's a great idea thanks for volunteering to do that, obviously I wouldn't have time for anything like that if you are prepared to do that, that will make a big difference.
His trying to be funny inserts were hit and miss and if you mistakenly followed them would probably get you fired such as in a dull presentation yell out at the top of your voice looking at the person beside you Stop touching me! If the humour angle is why you're checking out this book you'd be much better off to purchase the book Hardly Working: The Overachieving Underperformer's Guide to Doing as Little as Possible in the Office as it is a lot better done and a lot funnier along with clearly being a parody.
_Death By PowerPoint_ takes a satiric approach in exploring what's what in the corporate world. Flocker describes employee personalities and situations, and explains how to deal with them, or rather protect yourself and stay under the radar. Casual Friday? What do you do? Even something simple as casual Friday can make a worker bee fret. Get tips on dealing with "fashionipulation" for manipulating your world with clothes.
Learn how the cubist culture got started and what cube decorations say about a person. The elephant in the room doesn't exist as the book punches the art of politics in the face. Throttle a passive-aggressive communicator's attempts to take advantage of you and protect yourself from the backstabber. The corporate lingo chapter covers original and "I wish I had thought of that" terms. It doesn't rehash too many of the terms heard in the corporate halls.
The e-mail etiquette chapter offers little new material, but the book would be incomplete without it. Rarely does an office skip the mandatory fun events, so prepare yourself for that upcoming team-building session with the "Mandatory Fun" chapter.
Funny quotes and curious facts appear sprinkled throughout the pages along with sticky notes and abused bathroom door characters. Beware there are R-rated words and scenarios such as the chapter on office romance, but not too much.
Anyone reading this must take care in deciding whether to follow advice since some wouldn't fare well for the worker bee while others could lead to a memorable moment at the office. _Death By PowerPoint_ offers tips and a much needed laugh at the dysfunctional corporate world. Treat the book more as a humorous one rather than a self-help book.
Anyone needing comic relief or an escape from the throes of the corporate world should grab this easy and fun read. Like _Office Space_ and Scott Adams' _Dilbert_, Flocker uses words exaggerate the corporate life and provide tips for surviving _The Office_-like environment without going insane.