How to Be Useful: A Beginner's Guide to Not Hating Work
  • How to Be Useful: A Beginner's Guide to Not Hating Work
  • How to Be Useful: A Beginner's Guide to Not Hating Work

How to Be Useful: A Beginner's Guide to Not Hating Work

by Megan Hustad
     
 

ISBN-10: 0618713506

ISBN-13: 9780618713509

Pub. Date: 05/02/2008

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

There's a lot of career advice out there. Much of it dumb. But what if someone read all the advice books—over a hundred years' worth—and put all the good ideas in one place? Could you finally escape the cube? Stop mailing things? Be happier?

In How to Be Useful, Megan Hustad dismantles the myths of getting ahead and helps you navigate the murky waters

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Overview

There's a lot of career advice out there. Much of it dumb. But what if someone read all the advice books—over a hundred years' worth—and put all the good ideas in one place? Could you finally escape the cube? Stop mailing things? Be happier?

In How to Be Useful, Megan Hustad dismantles the myths of getting ahead and helps you navigate the murky waters of office life. Humorous yet wise, irreverent yet marvelously practical, this book will help you learn

Why "just being yourself" is a terrible idea.

How to be smart, but not too smart.

Why you shouldn't be "nice."

When not to be good at your job.

How to screw up with grace and dignity.

Why shoes matter.

The right and wrong ways to talk trash about yourself.

That ambition, practiced wisely, is a noble thing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618713509
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/02/2008
Edition description:
None
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi 1 On Being a Poseur • 1 Early Capitalists on Why Writing Business Letters Takes Longer Than Reading Them Does

2 Dodging the Great Failure Army • 18 Orison Swett Marden on the Strange Power of Finding Something Nice to Say

3 Party Tips for the Nouveau Riche • 36 Etiquette and the Importance of Asking Questions

4 On Near Universal Self-Absorption • 53 How to Win Friends and Infl uence People by Recognizing What Navel-Gazers People Are

5 The Master Mind • 73 Napoleon Hill on the Proper Use of Friendship

6 Checking Yourself at the Door • 91 What Brooks Brothers and Midcentury Handwringing over Bland Conformity Reveal About Personal Style

7 When It’s Just Not About You • 108 Helen Gurley Brown on Having One’s Underwear Forcibly Removed

Interlude • 129 Why Most Everything from the 1970s Doesn’t Help

8 Self-Deprecation • 136 The Art of Humble Beginnings Stories

9 On Defense • 153 The Dark Heart of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

10 The Uses of No • 171 Donald Trump and “You’re Fired”

Epilogue • 190 Acknowledgments » 197 Bibliography • 199 Index • 224

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