The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

Robert I. Sutton

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The No Asshole Rule Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn t 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 W

  • Title: The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
  • Author: Robert I. Sutton
  • ISBN: 9780446698207
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 SuttThe 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 assholesd 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 goodIlluminating case histories from major organizationsA self diagnostic test and a program to identify and keep your own inner jerk from coming outThe No Asshole Rule is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Business Week bestseller.

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    1. Dave on said:

      I bought this because I thought I worked with assholes. (Well -- that, and a few others had enjoyed reading it.) I discovered that I work with garden-variety assholes, not certified ("flaming") assholes -- though I have in the past. Note that the author is an academic and wanted to enforce the "no asshole" rule in his own department. This doesn't just apply to corporate settings.The real revelation he gives is what he calls "total cost of asshole ownership". This insight alone will land the book [...]

    2. Christopher on said:

      What a disappointment. This book should have written itself: who can't write a good book about assholes? The world is full of them, and Sutton's biggest problem should have been trying to sift through an inexhaustable supply of good stuff and funny bits. Instead we get a boring, humorless collection of basic psychology principles, statistics, and common sense. Entire pages are devoted to mindless recitations of research findings and statistics. The anecdotes are boring and focus around a very sh [...]

    3. K on said:

      I've referenced this before but will again. Long ago, I read a particularly stupid chick lit book which would be entirely unmemorable except for one line that stayed with me. Our heroine, contemplating life, muses about the following question: Do jerks look in the mirror and know they're jerks?This question has come up for me a lot in general, and was particularly relevant as I read this book. I sought this book out after reading this article forwarded by my cousin, which I found insightful and [...]

    4. Kim Bailey on said:

      Perhaps this information was a little more relevant and a lot less obvious when the book was written? (copywright is 2007) But I found most of the information to be quite dry. It's mostly common sense, in my opinion. Assholes are assholes in or out of the workplace. And no matter how you catagorize them, they have an impact on everyone around them if you're a human being and NOT an asshole, I'm pretty sure you've experienced this heck, I'm certain most assholes have experienced another of thi [...]

    5. Jeff Yoak on said:

      This book seriously rubbed me the wrong way. The author does a little initial work useful in being precise about what he means by "assholes" and offers the rather trivial conclusion that we shouldn't be one, hire them or tolerate them. The rest amounts to foot-stomping at best and bewilderment at worst. Assholes give people the "silent treatment" but in response we should "talk to them as little as possible." Retaliatory behavior as bad or worse than the initial "asshole" behavior is advocated t [...]

    6. Caroline Gordon on said:

      Anyone living the corporate life should read this book. It's as much about not becoming an asshole yourself as dealing with the ones around you, which is important because the best of us can be reduced to bad behaviour in the wrong environment.But - I know you really just want the quick story, how do you survive the assholes at work - my choice bits of advice are:- pick your workplace carefully, try to not to join in the first place if the assholes rule- if you got it wrong, get out as soon as y [...]

    7. Jason on said:

      From this book, I learned how to identify a**hole behavior in others and in myself. Sutton's book is a remarkable and frank exploration of how a**hole behavior can destroy organization, and a reminder that such behavior should not be tolerated anywhere. Sutton's blog, [bobsutton.typepad], should be a must-read for everyone who works in any organization.

    8. Rod Hilton on said:

      I heard about "The No Asshole Rule" in a technical conference talk about building out an engineering team. The notion of the book struck me as simultaneously obvious and groundbreaking. The basic premise is this: we all know that it sucks to work with assholes, so let's not beat around the bush and actually formulate an official company policy to not hire assholes.It made me think back to so many interviews I've done with various candidates over the years, and the pow-wow meetings after where we [...]

    9. Ron on said:

      If the title really offends you, the book will only get worse. With that said, we've all worked with people that are jerks. This book gives some insights into how to deal with them. Miscellaneous notes:Dirty dozen• personal insults• invading one's personal territory• uninvited physical contact• threats and intimidation (verbal, non-verbal)• sarcastic jokes, teasing• withering email flames• status slaps• public shaming• rude interruptions• two faced attacks• dirty looks• t [...]

    10. Steven Shaw on said:

      There are a lot of assholes out there. I've run into a few more than my fair share — it seems to be par for the course when you're a contract programmer. Assholes make people feel oppressed, humiliated, de-energised and belittled. They tend to target their behaviour on those that are less powerful — so assholes in management have a larger area of destruction.These assholes can poison your whole organisation, leading to a culture of fear, lower productivity, high staff turnover, general unhap [...]

    11. Sean O on said:

      Lets say that you're being exposed to a bullying asshole. Everywhere you turn, you see this clown, and the things he says makes you sad and depressed and ineffective.Sound familiar? This book is about that guy. How to identify him (easy), how to limit him (hard), how to see it in yourself (harder), and how to deal with it when you can't do anything about it (hardest.)Basically being an asshole is five times harder on everyone else. Do yourself a favor and get rid of the asshole. Recommended to a [...]

    12. Angela Risner on said:

      I came across this book about 2 years ago when I was tasked with buying some behavioral training books for a group event. I saw the title and knew exactly the person who deserved it the most. But I also knew that the person would only be offended and not learn anything.I was reminded of the title recently by another event and decided to finally read it. And I’m so glad that I did! The book is a very easy read, filled with stories about, well, assholes. I don’t think that I need to define wha [...]

    13. Mardra on said:

      Leading with the title, Sutton’s style is forthright, to the point – honest. Don’t let this fool you into thinking the book is filled with crassness or undocumented rants. In fact, the rules listed are concrete, well researched and documented. Sutton references case studies from companies of all sizes including Disney and Intel. He includes facts from research studies on bullying and its affects on people in both childhood and workplace environments. In addition he keeps the tone personal [...]

    14. Rob on said:

      Not very impressed with this one. It came highly recommended, but I found it shallow, skating by on the shock value its author believes his choice of vocabulary has. I kept waiting for the part where Sutton dished out all the good advice he was promising, and could hardly believe it when I realized the book was ending, it having offered so little.Here's the advice: You're probably a jerk sometimes even though you think you aren't, and you should stop. When the problem is someone else, try to tun [...]

    15. Putu on said:

      Buku ini gwe beli sebagai referensi terhadap keadaan gw pada waktu itu. Ternyata ada beberapa perusahaan yg menolak adanya asshole di dalam perusahaan mereka. Emang sih -dalam buku disebutkan- kalau orang asshole itu justru adalah orang-orang yang top performanceey have great egos and know how to please the bosses. Huhu, dan gwe baru sadar ternyata buku ini telah berpindah tangan jadi milik bos EkA. Ya ngga apa2 lahbuat kenang2n deh Pak E!!

    16. Cheshire Public Library on said:

      The summary of this book says it is, “a business handbook on preventing and curing a negative work environment that explains how to restore civility to the workplace by weeding out problem employees in order to increase profit and productivity.”But, oh, it is so much more.How bad can working with, living with, and having toxic jerks in your life be? Consider some of these stats from the book: Studies show that having just one chronic jerk in a workplace can diminish performance of the entire [...]

    17. Alexey on said:

      Книга довольно любопытная. Во-первых, автор не боится назвать факт правильным словом, не впадая в политкорректность (при этом русское слово "мудак" даже лучше отражает суть, чем оригинальное asshole). Во-вторых, на нескольких примерах он показывает, почему мудаки в компании — э [...]

    18. Mete Rodoper on said:

      Author Dr. Robert Sutton defines the asshole character and tells the readers what this character can do to the teams and organizations. As per the author, these persons may damage the motivation of the individuals in a team and this may in return lead to higher turnovers and also damage the balance sheets. To avoid various kinds of damage he suggests a few ways to apply the no asshole rule at various levels of an organization. In the worst case, if the individual or the organization or the team [...]

    19. Sarah Souther on said:

      Ten years later, this book is even more relevant. It's sadly obvious that we can't always rely on organizations to ensure their employees are treating each other with respect. In too many cases, we can't even rely on them to notice or stop a range of behaviors that range from subtlety demeaning to outright assault.Its too much to expect a business to be moral, but one would think they would do it for the bottom line. Sutton points out that money is lost due to poor communication (avoiding creeps [...]

    20. Bobparr on said:

      Titolo figlio di una innegabile operazione di marketing, il testo è interessante in quanto scritto da un docente universitario americano [che usa slang come un adolescente] che ha istituzionalizzato in un libro e in ricerca quello che solitamente si fa quando si ha a che fare con persone sgradevoli. Alcuni spunti interessanti, risente tuttavia della solita aria che hanno tutti i libri di know-how statunitensi (una base di già sentito, una spruzzata di creatività, buon senso a kili, decorato c [...]

    21. Laurie on said:

      Required reading -- the kind of "self-help" book I can easily get behind.

    22. Arsia Takeh on said:

      Helps a lot to identify the A.H.s and learn the ways to avoid them. Very practical!

    23. Arseniy Gushin on said:

      Scanned the book through, found no value for me. Maybe I just haven't seen real assholes in my career, I guess I'm lucky ;)

    24. Laura on said:

      So I’ve somehow found myself in management, and I’m trying to figure out how to do it. This book came well recommended. Heavy on the “don’t hire assholes.” A little light on survival strategies when they are there already. Among this book’s bits:1. Proposes two tests for determining if someone is an asshole: Test One: After talking to the alleged asshole, does the ‘target’ feel oppressed, humiliated, de-energized, or belittled by the person? In particular, does the target feel wo [...]

    25. Jeff Scott on said:

      An essential book that details the cost of workplace assholes. I read once that when there is a problem with an employee (such as those indicated in this book) it's important to address how the problem affects the company and the bottom line as opposed to one's personal feelings. This book details how to deal with assholes, how to handle them, and what to do if you can't get out of a bad work situation. What I like most about the book is looking inward. The first step should be looking at yourse [...]

    26. Kenneth A. Mugi on said:

      SUMMARYThe No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't (The No Asshole Rule) is an intriguing book that makes a comprehensive case against hiring (and retaining) jerks in the workplace even if they are high earners. It's written in the style of a professional business book with anecdotes and hypothetical situations filling in the gaps where data is lacking. It's well written and, for the most part, quite interesting.WRITINGRobert Sutton is a business author and a [...]

    27. LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions) on said:

      In this book, Sutton 1) defines workplace assholes, 2) describes the damage they can do to their workplaces and to themselves, 3) outlines how workplaces can try to implement a “no asshole” rule, 4) describes how you can keep from being an asshole, 5) provides tips for dealing with workplace assholes if your workplace isn’t making a concentrated effort to keep them out or deal with their behavior in some way, 6) and describes some of the benefits of occasionally being an asshole and/or hav [...]

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