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How to Work for an Idiot: Survive and Thrive...without Killing Your Boss
     

How to Work for an Idiot: Survive and Thrive...without Killing Your Boss

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by John Hoover
 

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For more than two decades, Dr. John Hoover has written books on leadership, creativity, and organizational performance, extolling the virtues of flattened organizations, collaborative leadership, and shared responsibility. His clients welcomed him, praised him...and always waited 'til he left the building to completely ignore his advice! How to Work for an Idiot is

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For more than two decades, Dr. John Hoover has written books on leadership, creativity, and organizational performance, extolling the virtues of flattened organizations, collaborative leadership, and shared responsibility. His clients welcomed him, praised him...and always waited 'til he left the building to completely ignore his advice! How to Work for an Idiot is the confession of a recovering "I-Boss" (Idiot Boss). After decades of writing and consulting, Dr. John finally realized that the vast majority of people he kept trying to "energize," "motivate," and "enlighten" were, well, idiots. Also he was an idiot for trying to change them. Instead, he has decided to enlighten you, the poor schlubs, who actually have to continue working for these idiots. You cannot change them. You cannot challenge them. And, no, you cannot practice anything you saw on CSI or even CSI: Miami. Yet, you can survive them, even thrive under them, if only you know how to deal with them.

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Organizational leadership consultant John Hoover is also what he calls a "recovering idiot." Throughout How to Work for an Idiot, Hoover explains the thought processes that motivate idiot bosses (I-Bosses) and describes ways employees can speak and understand their language, as well as thrive under them. In a laugh-out-loud style, Hoover uses humor to describe the best ways to work through adversarial relationships, achieve goals, create strategic partnerships, and avoid the behaviors that lead to frustration and ruined careers. Copyright © 2004 Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564147042
Publisher:
Career Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.57(d)

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How to Work for an Idiot: Survive and Thrive...without Killing Your Boss 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The writer¿s devices are opinionated poorly. The advice delivered as instructions not only perpetuates the problems that need to be fixed in management but assists in their exacerbation. Poorly placed and poorly referenced humor. I had to read this book a second time just to make sure that it was as bad as I evaluated it the first time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Hoover, an organizational leadership consultant, discusses how to deal with an ¿Idiot Boss¿ ¿ or I-Boss ¿ who does stupid things. Hoover distinguishes idiots from other tricky bosses, including those who think they are God, or who are paranoid, sadistic or Machiavellian. He leaves the reader with a couple of issues. First, you¿ll think no good, caring bosses still exist. Second, he doesn¿t tell you clearly where to set boundaries or when enough is finally enough. He often advocates appeasing bad bosses, although his other counsel on how to deal with them has some effective pointers. To his credit, Hoover is very candid about how he has learned from experience, including his mistakes. He offers personal examples from his experiences at Disney and elsewhere, and tries to write in a light-hearted or whimsical vein. We found the book strongest when it is strategic and weakest when it tries to be funny, given that with bad bosses you only laugh to keep from crying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At long last, the book to grab right before you go out the office window! Dr. John has given us humerous ways to overcome often not so humerous situations we find ourselves in at work. I can't seem to keep my copy of this book for more than a chapter as everyone who sees it seems to know an 'I-Boss' and wants to 'borrow' it! I lost my first copy in the dentist office! There are so many wonderfully turned phrases and insights that I have highlighted almost every page! While an easy-to-read book, it contains very important concepts that will help everyone from the guy working for the 'I-boss' to the lucky few working for the 'Good Bosses'. As a trainer for the State of New York, I will be using Dr. John's concepts when working with 'state workers' who sometimes find themselves caught in the 'I-zone', 'a state caused by the fusion of neurological synapses, usually followig an attempt to apply logic and reason to an I-Boss's thinking.' The good news is that there are ways to move into the 'Light,' and Dr. John shows us many of them. Dr.John on the 'I-zone': 'Your inner voice tries to scream again, but nothing comes out this time, even inside your head. A pop-up window on your mental desktop reads,'This program has committed an illegal operation and will be shut down.' It's too late to do anything but watch your sanity disapear. Everything goes quiet and your internal monitor screen winks out.' There is HOPE! If you can keep your book long enough to read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At long last, the book to grab right before you go out the office window! Dr. John has given us humerous ways to overcome often not so humerous situations we find ourselves in at work. I can't seem to keep my copy of this book for more than a chapter as everyone who sees it seems to know an 'I-Boss' and wants to 'borrow' it! I lost my first copy in the dentist office! There are so many wonderfully turned phrases and insights that I have highlighted almost every page! While an easy-to-read book, it contains very important concepts that will help everyone from the guy working for the 'I-boss' to the lucky few working for the 'Good Bosses'. As a trainer for a New York State Agency, I will be using Dr. John's concepts when working with 'state workers' who sometimes find themselves caught in the 'I-zone', 'a state caused by the fusion of neurological synapses, usually followig an attempt to apply logic and reason to an I-Boss's thinking.' The good news is that there are ways to move into the 'Light,' and Dr. John shows us many of them. Dr.John on the 'I-zone': 'Your inner voice tries to scream again, but nothing comes out this time, even inside your head. A pop-up window on your mental desktop reads,'This program has committed an illegal operation and will be shut down.' It's too late to do anything but watch your sanity disapear. Everything goes quiet and your internal monitor screen winks out.' There is HOPE! If you can keep your book long enough to read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every thing I suggested from my own experiences and observations John already had covered. If you cannot laugh at your own work situation you need this book to put it into perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this book in a meeting when you are supposed to be paying attention is not recommended as laughing at your idiot boss is grounds for termination. Reading this book during church sermons, funerals, or weddings is also not recommended if you ever want your spouse or children to speak to you again. Use caution when reading this book on an airplane. Many pilots now carry weapons. Your hysteria might frighten them. If you¿re lucky, you will be ushered off the aircraft by local authorities and placed on 72-hour watch at a psychiatric facility in your destination city. Do not engage in this or any recovery program without consulting your horoscope. Do not leave 'How to Work for an Idiot' lying around the office unless it¿s on your worst enemy¿s desk. If you have a complaint about the author, save your breath, he has probably already heard it. Writing this book isn¿t the first mistake he¿s ever made.