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The Twenty Year Itch: Confessions of a Corporate Warrior

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The Twenty Year Itch: Confessions of a Corporate Warrior is a hilarious look at life in corporate America through the (bloodshot!) eyes of a female middle manager. In this humor book you'll observe how laughter helps our fearless author make the most of irate bosses, work-life politics and subordinate with chips on their shoulders. Amy's original career choice was to 'save the world' but in her first month of grad school she saw the light. She re-engineered herself from a Do-Good-Donna to a ...
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Facciola, Elena 1999 Trade paperback New. No dust jacket as issued. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 161 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.

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Overview

The Twenty Year Itch: Confessions of a Corporate Warrior is a hilarious look at life in corporate America through the (bloodshot!) eyes of a female middle manager. In this humor book you'll observe how laughter helps our fearless author make the most of irate bosses, work-life politics and subordinate with chips on their shoulders. Amy's original career choice was to 'save the world' but in her first month of grad school she saw the light. She re-engineered herself from a Do-Good-Donna to a Classic-Corporate-Cathy in a few short years. Since then Amy Berger has tiptoed, dragged and often stumbled her way up America's corporate ladder --- you may relate to some of her funny trials an tribulations! Any current or former member of the working world will laugh out loud reading The Twenty Year Itch: Confessions of a Corporate Warrior.
Reader Comments

"The man sitting next to me on the airplane asked me what I was reading because I laughed out loud when I read your book." A.W.T., London England

"I'm reading your book and I love it! My husband can hear me chuckling form the other room as I go through it.." J.B., San Jose, California

"I inhaled your book. You are the Erma Bombeck of Silicon Valley, Dilbert in words..."J.C., Milan, Italy

"Your book is hilarious! My husband and I both think it's very funny..." M.V., Ventura, California

"I loved it. My favorite sections were the ones on office decor, attending conferences and job hunting. You've done great work..." P.L, Fremont, California

"I've been reading your book.. I find it very humorous. I especially love your little notes of wisdom at the end of each chapter." K.E., Beaverton, Oregon

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Editorial Reviews

Catherine Kitcho
The Twenty Year Itch is hilarious. It is like Dilbert in prose, from a female point of view. The book uniquely captures the frustrating side of life in Corporate America and helps us laugh it off. Anyone who has ever set foot inside a cubicle, who has been infuriated with corporate politics or who has struggled through commuting will love this book. The Twenty Year Itch should be a reference on everyone's office bookshelf.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966591507
  • Publisher: Motivational Magic Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 161
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Better Homes and Cubicles:Thoughts on Office Decor in the Nineties; page 11-24; "Before I neglect yet another fun office decor experience at that same firm, a technology research company, I must relay the story of the Victoria's SecretO Christmas Tree. It was the holiday season and our floor wanted to decorate. After we brought in a traditional, five foot green pine tree, everyone was encouraged to contribute decorations. I was hoping that folks would actually buy things like green and red shiny balls and even an angel or two. Leave it to my colleagues to add things that were reminiscent of their area of interest. Before I could stop them, we had software diskettes, computer chips and assorted samples of medical equipment strewn across the tree. The articles included a half dozen white surgical head coverings which, viewed from a distance, resembled underwear. Well, so much for Norman Rockwell's Christmas!

How to Survive FCS-Frozen Cube Syndrome

  • Cover up the vents with manila folders and Scotch tape. Even if this trick does not keep out the cold air, your workspace will look so tacky that management will get the hint.
  • Plug in a cheap space heater and blow a circuit that takes down your computer and 5 others in your section of the building. Another attention getting device when the above is ineffective.
  • Develop a physical ailment and take off three weeks on state disability. That will give you several good shopping days to stock up on winter wear.
  • Learn to work in a parka, ski hat and wool gloves that you bought in Suggestion Number 3.
  • Pray for a transfer to your company's Miami Beach office. Enough said."
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Table of Contents

Chapter One Getting There: On the Lethal World of Commuting Page 1
Chapter Two Better Homes and Cubicles: Thoughts on Office Decor in the Nineties Page 11
Chapter Three Dress and Regress: Reflections on Office Attire Page 25
Chapter Four On Colleagues: People Who Hate People Are the Luckiest People in the World Page 37
Chapter Five Project by Project They'll Keep Holding On: Office Tasks as We Know and Love Them Page 47
Chapter Six The Office Christmas Party: How I Learned All I Need To Know About Radicchio Without Even Asking Page 55
Chapter Seven Temporary Parole: Seminars, Conferences, Trade Shows And the Like Page 67
Chapter Eight Phantom of the Office: Politics Prevail Over All Page 77
Chapter Nine Business Travel: Leavin' on an Airplane Don't Know If I'll Be Back Again `Cause I Could Get a Job Offer From the Guy Sitting Next to Me Page 85
Chapter Ten Landing A Job in Corporate America: Wouldn't Climbing Mount Everest Be Easier? Page 95
Chapter Eleven Office Systems: Make Like A Cheese and Get Processed Page 107
Chapter Twelve The Internet: The Information-Stupor Highway Page 115
Chapter Thirteen Amy in MeetingLand: What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been Page 125
Chapter Fourteen Communication is the Key: Too Bad Somebody Threw it in the Trash Page 133
Chapter Fifteen Corporate Food Fest: How I Ruined My Eating Habits in 90 Days Or Less Page 141
Chapter Sixteen Revenge of the Gizmos: Office Machinery and Electronics Page 149
Chapter Seventeen Getting Back Home (To Myself): Confessions of a Corporate Warrior Page 157
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