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Subject: Re: OT: Office Politics Date: 10/3/2001 12:41 PM
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How to Work for a Jerk is by Robert M Hochheiser

Question for those who have read it: Does it have advice that is useful for non-jerky bosses too? My current boss is one of the 3 best supervisors I've had in the past quarter century, as well as being a certifiably nice guy.


Savor that time w/ a good boss. My experience was always that the great guy was sandwiched in between the jerks.

Luckily, I found my book, right next to my Tom Peters collection. It's about 15 yrs old. Don't know about availability. It may be a catchy title, but there's substance there as well. The rest of the title is "Your Success is the Best Revenge." A quick review, from the Contents:

Chap 1 - They Do It on Purpose
Why bosses act like jerks and how they get away with it.

Chap 2 - The Cast of Characters
Identifying the type of boss you have and determining how to deal with him:
Manager / Lone Wolf / Firefighter / Powerphiiliac / Con Artist / Bureaucrat / Wimp / Real Jerk

Chap 3 - Dillettantes, Fops, Experts. . .
Assorted losers do reach the top. How to get the upper hand.

Chap 4 - Corporate Dinosaurs
Entrepreneurs as they evolve from fearless to fearful

Chap 5 - Inhuman Resourcefullness
How jerks get hired. Schemes bosses use to avoid rewarding us.

Chap 6 - Politics
An assortment of unprincipled principles for dealing with uncooperative bosses, colleagues and subordinates.

Chap 7 - If You're Also a Boss
Motivate people to work for you, not against you. Mutual indispensability. Compatability. How to hire good people.

Chap 8 - It's Only a Job
Putting your job in perspective as a means to an end. Controlling your ego. Dealing with egocentric bosses. Creative selfishness. When/how to be assertive. Setting goals.

Back cover:
". . . bosses who act like jerks succeed because of their apparent stupidity, not in spite of it. This book showw how the big guys get ahead of the pack and stay there, warns of the ploys used to avoid rewarding us, . . and gives us foolproof ways to convince bosses that treating us well is to their advantage."

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