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By theTruth on 04-22-15
Great advice and strategies, but too many examples
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This audio book was full of great advice and strategies for winning in the work place. It explains to you what works and what doesn't for getting promotions, but does this through the excessive use of example stories instead of just giving up facts and straight up advice. So you need to be able to read between the lines to get the most from the book.
To me it got tiresome listening to story after story, but it was worth it in the end for the immediate work place improvement I acquired.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Anna on 01-10-15
I wish I read this book 10 years ago.
I work in a big corporation myself and can see so many parralels between the book and the company I work with. I was playing against myself for so many years, pity I haven't read this book before.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Nothing really matters on 06-05-16
VILEST BOOK EVER, BUT SO APTLY TITLED!
Do you aspire to be the human equivalent of cancer? Do you lust after power, regardless of the consequences? Can you remain unaffected by the loathing of your coworkers? Are you completely unscrupulous? Well then, this is the book for you!
Why do many good people hate going to work? Perhaps it’s be because too many of their employer’s senior people are useless careerists. You know the type. They scoot up the corporate ladder by ass kissing, jargon spouting, positivity oozing, confidence projecting, fake-project spearheading, overdressing for success, shared interest feigning, phony smiling, blame-shifting, credit-stealing, etc. Good people will never get a fair shake where careerists reign.
These bottom feeders keep workplaces from ever being anything like a meritocracy. No matter how diligently and efficiently ordinary people work, and no matter how valuable their contribution actually is, the careerists will always be paid more than and promoted faster and higher. Careerists beat good people in the rat race as if they were standing still. By the time ordinary folk figure out the race is rigged, it’s too late.
This is the most repugnant garbage I’ve ever read. It will appeal to only to psychopaths/sociopaths and hard-core narcissists.
Read this book only if you want to understand how undeserving and egocentric people get ahead and keep companies and governments eternally corrupt and dysfunctional. But don’t expect to be able to use this advice without abandoning your integrity and selling your soul -- cheaply.
I’m going to spend the next three weeks washing my ears.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Noah Kaczir on 07-05-15
Somewhat Cynical, but Realistic
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Definitely a good book for people who wish to climb the corporate ladder. It has a narrow focus on corporate success, so don't look here if you want to start a business or learn about personal finance. Some of the pieces of advice seem to contradict each other, but if you're smart you can pick out the techniques that will work in your workplace.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Jeremy on 03-15-16
An amazing study in mediocrity.
If you want to do the bare minimum, never stand out and skate by, then this is the book for you! It does a great job of showing someone how to rise in middle management while never truly doing anything great.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful