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Since The No Asshole Rule became a national best seller a decade ago, Robert Sutton has been asked, in a thousand different ways, the best way to deal with an asshole. This new guide presents Sutton's signature prescriptive advice for everyone who is feeling oppressed, demeaned, or disrespected by people who treat them badly.
Drawing on a trove of real-life stories from people dealing with implacable jerks in every kind of setting, Sutton delivers a highly effective, methodical game plan, starting with a diagnosis: Exactly what kind of asshole are you dealing with? From there Sutton provides thoughtful, field-tested strategies aimed at specific asshole-deflecting goals - avoiding them, outwitting them, disarming them, and countering their negative influence. He even teaches you how to look inward to stifle your own jackass.
Equally useful and entertaining, The Asshole Survival Guide helps you develop a robust new outlook that can preserve the sanity of your workplace and personal life and stop all those perfectly good days from being ruined by some jerk.
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By Isaac on 03-18-18
Situational Asshole Stories, with No Guidelines
Sutton provides interesting stories of dealing with assholes from a few real life business scenarios, a few public figures, his colleagues, and himself. His attempt to provide guidance often results in simply giving additional detail about the story he's chosen as the backdrop. The guidance that Sutton does give ultimately boils down to:
1. Evaluate yourself fairly; make sure you're not the asshole
2. Check your behavior when people treat you shitty to make sure you're not the asshole
3. If you're not the asshole, avoid instantaneous acts of revenge.
4. Be nice to the asshole and try to work through possible misunderstanding.
5. If the olive branch doesn't work, seclude yourself from the given asshole(s).
6. Reevaluate yourself again (perhaps interjected a few more times throughout)
7. Assemble a support group
8. Avoid reciprocating asshole behavior.
9. Under rare circumstances should you seek to avenge yourself.
10. Truthfully and wholehearted evaluate yourself and have willingness to change if you're the asshole.
I could have saved my money.
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