Death by PowerPoint

Death by PowerPoint

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by Michael Flocker
     
 
Does your manager talk endlessly about "engineering synergy" and "bridging disconnects?" Does the guy in the cube next to you eavesdrop and peak at what's in your personal drawer? Have you ever come close to "death by PowerPoint" as you struggle to stay awake in a meeting? If you work in any kind of office--large or small--the answers to these questions are

Overview

Does your manager talk endlessly about "engineering synergy" and "bridging disconnects?" Does the guy in the cube next to you eavesdrop and peak at what's in your personal drawer? Have you ever come close to "death by PowerPoint" as you struggle to stay awake in a meeting? If you work in any kind of office--large or small--the answers to these questions are undoubtedly "yes" and you obviously and desperately need Death By PowerPoint. A life-saving guide to twenty-first century corporate culture, it provides incisive coverage of everything you'll need to get ahead (or to simply stay above water): The Art of Office Politics--sucking up effectively, how to deal with control freaks and that annoying guy with all the "new ideas" E-Mail Etiquette--responding to ridiculous requests, managing passive-aggressive messages, and how best to undo E-damage Mandatory Fun--proper etiquette for office parties, the curse of Secret Santa, and undermining your drunken co-workers Sex in the Workplace--how to spot video surveillance, telltale signs that others are getting it on, dumping etiquette, and the treacherous realm of sex with the boss

Editorial Reviews

Anchorage Daily News
If you have the ‘pleasure' to work in an office setting, this is required reading. Thankfully, it's also humorous.
Hartford Courant
Much here is laugh-out-loud funny, but there is plenty of perceptive analysis and sage advice as well.
Chicago Daily Herald
Wry humor drives its workplace points home.
Publishers Weekly
Flocker brings the mocking humor from his Metrosexual Guide to Style and its follow-ups to the workplace, but the effect is like throwing a fresh coat of paint on a rundown old car. Much of his advice is exactly what you'd find in any other handbook to the corporate environment, like the chestnut about dressing for the job one level higher than your current position, while still maintaining your individual sense of style. Even worse are the passages that haven't been fresh since the mid-1990s, like a list of warning signs for e-mail addiction or making fun of "action item" and other corporate buzzwords. When Flocker does venture into original territory, his anti-corporate humor is stuck on the level of juvenile pranks. He recommends messing with your co-workers' heads by moving things on their desks when they aren't looking or interrupting meetings with silly questions. There's also a slew of wacky new vocabulary terms culled from the Internet, several of which actually have very little to do with the workplace. Marginal illustrations liven things up, but even they aren't as entertaining as reading a Dilbert collection which would better equip readers for office politics as well. (Nov. 30) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306815126
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.25(d)

Meet the Author

The author of the best-selling The Metrosexual Guide to Style, The Hedonism Handbook, and The Fame Game, Michael Flocker lives in New York City.

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Death by PowerPoint 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Corporate life, like high school, has a social order that separates the drones from the workers. The queen bees, better known as executives, sit back and enjoy the fruits of their workers¿ labors. In fact, bosses made approximately 40 times more money than average workers in 1980 the figure jumped to about 400 times more by 1999. That¿s unfair, but so is life in the workplace. Michael Flocker offers amusing observations and practical (as well as funny, but impractical) advice in his satirical look at office survival. He covers everything from dress codes and office politics to etiquette and office romances. We recommend this book to any employee who¿s looking for a little comic relief. That pretty much includes everybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book entertaining moreso than a survival guide. The co-worker pranks were very funny. Looking at the workplace as a fun environment instead of the typical books that cater to how to improve your career was a breath of fresh air. I laughed outloud many times.