Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know [NOOK Book]

Overview

Contrary to popular belief, the business world is not that complicated. While every industry and every profession requires specific expertise, the truth is that the "business of business" is relatively simple.

For the past seven years, Geoffrey James has written a daily blog that's become one of the most popular business-focused destinations on the web. In BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T, readers will learn surprising but tried-and-true secrets...
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Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know

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Overview

Contrary to popular belief, the business world is not that complicated. While every industry and every profession requires specific expertise, the truth is that the "business of business" is relatively simple.

For the past seven years, Geoffrey James has written a daily blog that's become one of the most popular business-focused destinations on the web. In BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T, readers will learn surprising but tried-and-true secrets about being an extraordinary boss, about coping with annoying coworkers, and navigating the thorny problems that recur in every workplace.

TIPS FROM BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T:

Long work hours mean less work gets done.

Multiple studies reveal that working 60 rather than 40 hours a week makes you slightly more productive but only for a little while. After about three weeks, people get burned out, get sick and go absent, and start making avoidable errors.

What every boss wants from you.

From your boss's perspective your real job is to make the boss successful. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Why your resume is your enemy.

Only write a resume after you're talking to people inside the hiring firm. Then, customize it to match what you've discovered that they really what.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
James, author of the “Sales Source” column on Inc.com, outlines the secrets of navigating today’s workforce, starting from the point of view that in the modern work world, everyone is, in effect, a freelancer, their own boss, and should always be looking for their next job. James tackles essential workplace skills and techniques, including how to be a great boss and colleague (and survive bad ones); navigate office politics; ask for a raise; and deal with stress. The author’s pithy and frank style matches his title and his recommendations are similarly to the point, such as his assertion in the chapter on asking for a raise that “nobody cares what you want, need or expect to be paid,” followed by helpful suggestions on how to effectively establish the discrepancy between your value and pay. Equally terse is his counsel on firings and layoffs, which “should be handled like a life threatening operation at a hospital. You want the patient (i.e., your firm) to get through trauma as quickly as possible, not bleed the death of a thousand cuts.” Relevant for leaders or employees of any generation, this is a quick, impactful primer for anyone wanting to be more effective on the job. Agent: Lorin Rees, Rees Agency. (May)
Robert I. Sutton
"I started reading it and BOOM I was on the last page! BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T is a concise masterpiece. James' humor and practical wisdom makes every page a joy to read."
Brian Tracy
"This powerful, practical book gives you proven techniques to get better business results faster than you ever thought possible."
Linda Richardson
"Whatever and wherever you are in your career, you will find here a page-turner and a way of turning trials to triumphs."
Gerhard Gschwandtner
"I've read James' compelling articles for the past two decades and this new book is a must-read, sparkling gem."
From the Publisher
"[T]he most useful, snappy career book I have seen in maybe five years."—Penelope Trunk, penelopetrunk.com

"[T]he most timely book of 2014."—Guy Kawasaki

"I started reading it and BOOM I was on the last page! BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T is a concise masterpiece. James' humor and practical wisdom makes every page a joy to read."

Robert I. Sutton, Stanford Professor, author of The No Asshole Rule, and co-author of Scaling Up Excellence.

"This powerful, practical book gives you proven techniques to get better business results faster than you ever thought possible."—Brian Tracy, author of How the Best Leaders Lead

"Whatever and wherever you are in your career, you will find here a page-turner and a way of turning trials to triumphs."—Linda Richardson, author of Perfect Selling

"I've read James' compelling articles for the past two decades and this new book is a must-read, sparkling gem."—Gerhard Gschwandtner, publisher of Selling Power magazine

"James, author of the "Sales Source" column on Inc.com, outlines the secrets of navigating today's workforce, starting from the point of view that in the modern work world, everyone is, in effect, a freelancer, their own boss, and should always be looking for their next job. James tackles essential workplace skills and techniques, including how to be a great boss and colleague (and survive bad ones); navigate office politics; ask for a raise; and deal with stress. The author's pithy and frank style matches his title and his recommendations are similarly to the point, such as his assertion in the chapter on asking for a raise that "nobody cares what you want, need or expect to be paid," followed by helpful suggestions on how to effectively establish the discrepancy between your value and pay. Equally terse is his counsel on firings and layoffs, which "should be handled like a life threatening operation at a hospital. You want the patient (i.e., your firm) to get through trauma as quickly as possible, not bleed the death of a thousand cuts." Relevant for leaders or employees of any generation, this is a quick, impactful primer for anyone wanting to be more effective on the job."Publishers Weekly

"Yes, it's true, there's a lot of "bs" in business, but the path through it becomes much clearer by reading the new book by Geoffrey James."—800 CEO Read

"This is a book you should gift to every high school and college graduate. As its title promises, it cuts straight to the habits required for successful business behavior. It points out the many traps that snare business newbies and slow advancement. I wish I'd read a book like this in my early 20s. BWTB is ethical without being preachy, aspirational without being sappy, practical while still crackling with the author's natural wit. 5.0 out of 5 stars."

Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455574575
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,422
  • File size: 907 KB

Meet the Author

Geoffrey James writes one the world's most-visited business blogs, the award winning "Sales Source" column on Inc.com. His writing has appeared in Fast Company, Wired, Men's Health, and The New York Times.
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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    Disclaimer: I received an early copy for free from the author.

    Disclaimer: I received an early copy for free from the author.

    This book is not only for "business" people. It is for everyone. It will help you with communication, time-management, effectiveness, managing your boss, and many other aspects of your life that determine if you are happy or not.

    This book is about how to be the best employee or boss you can. It is not really thick but it is so packed of useful, applicable information, written so clearly that you will read it for fun several times. This book covers a wide variety of topics so that anyone can find something applicable. There were some topics I wished the author had explored a bit mor thoroughly, but he gives you enough to get the gist of it. It was easy for me to follow the principles in this book. It is not abstract, yet it doesn't dwell on the obvious things.

    In my professional career I had to learn many of the points in this book the hard way. I found many pieces of advice that can help me right now with the issues I am facing, and the book even pointed out several things I should be working on in the very near future. This book is also perfect for people in college or starting their professional career. I wish I had had this book when I started.

    I am not sure if I had ever read this book only based on the title. The content of the book is great, it is the title that was putting me off. First of all, the word "Business" is so vague. This book is not about being an entrepreneur, or building a business. I think a better word would have been "career". It is really about how to be better in your professional (and even personal) life, and enjoy your work to the most. Now, the second part of the title was the real offender for me. It is a bit distasteful. But truth be told, the author's writing style is so straight-to-the point and clear that I can understand why they named it like that. The author even teaches you how to write as clearly as this book is written.

    Overall this is one of the best non-fiction, non-technical books I have read. I will be re-reading it many times and each time I will pick one point to work on.

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