The No Asshole Rule

The No Asshole Rule

Building A Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

Book - 2010
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The definitive guide to working with -- and surviving -- bullies, creeps, jerks, tyrants, tormentors, despots, backstabbers, egomaniacs, and all the other assholes who do their best to destroy you at work.

"What an asshole!"

How many times have you said that about someone at work? You're not alone! In this groundbreaking book, Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton builds on his acclaimed Harvard Business Review article to show you the best ways to deal with assholes...and why they can be so destructive to your company. Practical, compassionate, and in places downright funny, this guide offers:
Strategies on how to pinpoint and eliminate negative influences for good Illuminating case histories from major organizations A self-diagnostic test and a program to identify and keep your own "inner jerk" from coming out
The No Asshole Rule is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Business Week bestseller .
Publisher: New York : Business Plus, 2010.
ISBN: 9780446698207
Characteristics: 238 p. ;,21 cm.


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I wish I read this book when it came out in 2007. It might have saved me years of stress from abusive bosses. That said, there is much to learn here. It's frankly written and pulls no punches. I am greatly looking forward to the sequel coming out in late-summer 2017.

Jun 02, 2017

I wish the US voters read this timely book before they voted.
Huge financial & mental cost for people in the workplace on the literal bad apple. Good talent move out & company suffered.
Even got a chapter on Steve Jobs.
Nice test for readers on how bad they could be.
Poor author on his nickname in afterwords.
Laughed on meek airport checkout person who diverted domestic flight a-hole passenger's luggage to another country.
Now I wondered on White House staff health given toxic work environment.

mgasparotto Feb 26, 2013

It would be great if this title were available as an ebook!

Aug 11, 2012

There are many factors that contribute to a negative workplace but none is more obvious than abusive and selfish bosses, colleagues and clients. There are several themes that appealed to me in this book: negativity is poisonous and will infect even the most pleasant people; bosses aren't the only ones responsible for abusive behaviour (working in a client-focused area, I can confirm that clients are often the worst offenders); we are all guilty at some time or other of improper conduct (I know I am), the trick is to recognize it and work on it.
Sutton develops these themes in a simple accessible style with many examples, some of them famous others more anecdotal, and he gives a few simple suggestions on how to avoid or diffuse unpleasant people and circumstances.
I recommend this book most, however, for its self-test: knowing yourself is the best way to prevent harassment and abusive behaviour in the workplace (or at home for that matter) and developing techniques to control anger, sarcasm and aggression. Then, you can build your courage to call others on their asshole behaviour...

Jul 29, 2010

I think everyone should read this book, and then look closely in the mirror.

Anitka Mar 27, 2008

Great advices how to deal with all kinds of difficult people. Recommended.

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