Dilbert Gives You the Business

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Everyone who reads DILBERT and works in an office will appreciate this collection, Dilbert Gives You the Business.

Creator Scott Adams tells it like it is through the insane business world inhabited by Dilbert. If frustration and lunacy are an inevitable part of your workday, appropriate measures must be taken immediately. Andrews McMeel has the perfect antidote to your workplace stress. Dilbert is universally recognized as the definitive source of office humor. What makes this ...

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Overview

Everyone who reads DILBERT and works in an office will appreciate this collection, Dilbert Gives You the Business.

Creator Scott Adams tells it like it is through the insane business world inhabited by Dilbert. If frustration and lunacy are an inevitable part of your workday, appropriate measures must be taken immediately. Andrews McMeel has the perfect antidote to your workplace stress. Dilbert is universally recognized as the definitive source of office humor. What makes this 14th Dilbert book so unique is that it is a collection of the most popular strips requested by fans for reprints and downloads from Dilbert.com gathered together. Arranged by topics for quick reference, this hilarious book is the comprehensive Dilbert source book, sure to alleviate work burnout.

Packed within these colorful pages, fans will find all their favorite characters, including Dilbert, as he encounters daily issues from delegating to decision-making, trade shows to telecommuting, and downsizing to annoying coworkers. It's business as usual for the Dilbert clan. . . . Dilbert is continually updating his resume, Dogbert continues his pursuit of world domination, Wally strives to do the least amount of work possible, and Alice is eternally frustrated by the Boss. Welcome to the all-too-familiar world of Dilbert-the lowly engineer who has become an icon for oppressed and burntout workers everywhere!

The most popular business-oriented cartoon in the world, Dilbert speaks to millions of fans who toil in the corporate trenches. No matter how outrageous a tale he spins, Dilbert creator Scott Adams inserts sufficient nuggets of truth in every strip to keep his believers laughing. In part, that's because Dilbert is based on his own former corporate experiences-and is kept current by culling inspiration from the 350-plus E-mails he receives each day. Keep Dilbert Gives You the Business close at hand-as you would your phone book, Internet diversion tool, browser, and any other work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740700033
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Series: Dilbert Bks.
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 635,430
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

What started as a doodle has turned Scott Adams into a superstar of the cartoon world. Dilbert debuted on the comics page in 1989, while Adams was in the tech department at Pacific Bell. Adams continued to work at Pacific Bell until he was voluntarily downsized in 1995. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1979.

Biography

Back when he was a lowly office worker slaving under fluorescent lights and drinking bad coffee at an unsatisfying string of office jobs, Scott Adams would try to stave off some of the mind-numbing boredom he faced each day by doodling a little comic strip about a hapless office drone he called Dilbert. As he worked, Adams filed away the fodder for his fledgling comic strip. Today, Dilbert is officially an empire -- and Adams is the CEO.

Adams didn't start his career path intending to become a workplace warrior. As he told FamousVeggie.com, he graduated high-school as valedictorian "because the other 39 people in my class couldn't spell ‘valedictorian.'" After earning a B.A. in economics at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, Adams went on to earn an M.B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley. Adding an interesting twist to his education, he also managed to pick up a Certified Hypnotist diploma from the Clement School of Hypnosis in 1981.

After college, during his often-brief tenure at a series of low-paying, low-on-the-totem-pole jobs at corporations from Crocker National Bank in San Francisco to Pacific Bell in San Ramon, Adams started to wonder if his sanity-saving doodles really could rescue him from a life spent working for The Man. Acting on a tip from a kindly fellow cartoonist, he picked up the 1988 Artist Markets guide and simply followed the instructions on how to get syndicated. He mailed out fifty sample Dilbert strips, and was offered a contract by United Media within weeks.

Adams's first attempt writing an actual book was 1996's The Dilbert Principle, which became a number one New York Times bestseller and one of the top-selling business books of all time. More than just a compilation of Adams's cartoons, the book included essays on the trials and tribulations of corporate culture. "Each one is on target and deliciously sardonic," said Booklist in its review. "Sometimes too true to be funny." Today, the strip continues its clip as the fastest-growing cartoon of all time, and is enjoyed daily by 150 million people in 1,900 newspapers, in 56 countries.

Transitioning from comic compilations to full books was a challenge for Adams. As he admitted to Salon.com, "Drawing the comic strip is fun -- it can actually increase my energy. I feel good when I'm doing it, and I feel good when it's done. But writing just sucks the energy right out of me. I find that after about an hour of writing sometimes I have to jump on the floor and fall asleep, right now. It's so much harder than it looks."

When he's not helping Dilbert bring a smile to the faces of the working wounded, Adams moonlights as a restaurateur, running two successful Stacey's Cafés in Northern California. He has also founded the Scott Adams Foods company, home of the Dilberito™ -- a protein-packed burrito perfect for the office microwave.

Good To Know

Adams describes himself as a "a cat-loving, vegetarian tennis player."

His past jobs include bank teller, computer programmer, financial analyst, product manager, loan officer, corporate strategist, and pseudo-engineer. Says Adams, "I was incompetent in each of those fields, but for some reason no one ever noticed."

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    1. Hometown:
      Danville, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 8, 1957
    2. Place of Birth:
      Catskill, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Hartwick College, 1979; M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986

Table of Contents


Jobs Bosses                                        5   
 Budgeting and Accounting                          27   
 Consulting                                        37   
 Engineers                                         48   
 Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists             58   
 Financial Advisors                                62   
 Human Resources                                   64   
 Information Services                              73   
 Interns and Co-ops                                77   
 ISO 9000 and 14000                                79   
 Lawyers                                           83   
 Marketing                                         88   
 Procurement                                       97   
 Programmers                                       97   
 Project Management                               106   
 Quality Assurance                                117  
 Retail and Service Jobs                          118   
 Safety                                           123   
 Sales                                            125   
 Secretaries                                      137   
 Security                                         143   
 Strategy and Planning                            145   
 Tech Support                                     147   
 Technical Writing                                152   
 Temps and Contract Employees                     156   
 Training                                         159 
 Job Impediments/Annoying Co-workers              163   
 Business Language                                172   
 Cubicles                                         178   
 Gender Relations                                 182   
 Incentives                                       187   
 Meetings and Presentations                       191   
 Mergers                                          198   
 Performance Reviews                              201   
 Policies                                         210   
 Reorganizations                                  212   
 Teamwork                                         215   
 Telecommuting                                    217   
 Travel                                           222
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Dude...

    I don't think nook was around in1999

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Epicness

    I was almost six months old when that was posted! :O

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Samael

    There's online reviews for books on the B&N website, probably.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    !!!!!!

    That was the year l was born!!!! Creeeeeeepy! That post is 15 years old! AAAAAAHHHH!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Omg

    Daaaang :3 Blaaaah!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    How izzat POSSIBULZ??

    Gasp...... thanks For showin meh dat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    A warning to nook simple touch users

    While the comic itself is depressingly hilarious this book was clearly not made witjh thus device in mibd. Be prepared to squint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Hard to read but all and all a good book

    Alot of the comics in this book are unreadable. But i also liked this book because it had 33 pages and never seemed to end. If you can read small print then this is a great deal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Vwry difficult to read on a nook

    The cartoons were scanned so small and so poory that they are nearly impossible to read on a nook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Be careful

    Not for simple touch. Too small to read images.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Was very true and funny

    what would have made it better is if i bought it in hardcover and the pages didn't fall out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    Best Dilbert Book of them All

    This book is cram pakced with strips about every aspect of office life. With everything from Human resources to job impediments. If you only buy 1 dilbert book suggest his one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    The Best Book Ever!!!

    This is the ultimate Dilbert book. If you like Dilbert and have an unending craving for it, this will finally end our hunger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    Another Winner

    'Dilbert' is always hysterical, and usually right on the mark. In this compilation, Scott Adams sorts strips based on Jobs and Job Impediments. Some of the titles for the Job Impediments are funny enough by themselves. Recommended for all new 'Dilbert' fans, a must for anyone who has ever worked with imcompetent co-works and bosses.

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