Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know

Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know

by Geoffrey James


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Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know by Geoffrey James

Contrary to popular belief, the business world is not that complicated. While every industry and every profession requires specific expertise, the truth is that the "business of business" is relatively simple.

For the past seven years, Geoffrey James has written a daily blog that's become one of the most popular business-focused destinations on the web. In BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T, readers will learn surprising but tried-and-true secrets about being an extraordinary boss, about coping with annoying coworkers, and navigating the thorny problems that recur in every workplace.


Long work hours mean less work gets done.

Multiple studies reveal that working 60 rather than 40 hours a week makes you slightly more productive but only for a little while. After about three weeks, people get burned out, get sick and go absent, and start making avoidable errors.

What every boss wants from you.

From your boss's perspective your real job is to make the boss successful. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Why your resume is your enemy.

Only write a resume after you're talking to people inside the hiring firm. Then, customize it to match what you've discovered that they really what.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455574582
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,290,964
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Geoffrey James writes one the world's most-visited business blogs, the award winning "Sales Source" column on His writing has appeared in Fast Company, Wired, Men's Health, and The New York Times.

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Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kirvesrinta More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received an early copy for free from the author. This book is not only for "business" people. It is for everyone. It will help you with communication, time-management, effectiveness, managing your boss, and many other aspects of your life that determine if you are happy or not. This book is about how to be the best employee or boss you can. It is not really thick but it is so packed of useful, applicable information, written so clearly that you will read it for fun several times. This book covers a wide variety of topics so that anyone can find something applicable. There were some topics I wished the author had explored a bit mor thoroughly, but he gives you enough to get the gist of it. It was easy for me to follow the principles in this book. It is not abstract, yet it doesn't dwell on the obvious things. In my professional career I had to learn many of the points in this book the hard way. I found many pieces of advice that can help me right now with the issues I am facing, and the book even pointed out several things I should be working on in the very near future. This book is also perfect for people in college or starting their professional career. I wish I had had this book when I started. I am not sure if I had ever read this book only based on the title. The content of the book is great, it is the title that was putting me off. First of all, the word "Business" is so vague. This book is not about being an entrepreneur, or building a business. I think a better word would have been "career". It is really about how to be better in your professional (and even personal) life, and enjoy your work to the most. Now, the second part of the title was the real offender for me. It is a bit distasteful. But truth be told, the author's writing style is so straight-to-the point and clear that I can understand why they named it like that. The author even teaches you how to write as clearly as this book is written. Overall this is one of the best non-fiction, non-technical books I have read. I will be re-reading it many times and each time I will pick one point to work on.
Lively_Green More than 1 year ago
The chapters are short enough to allow frequent breaks in reading, but you will not want to put the book down. The author is straight to the point. All of the chapters are relatable. At the end of each chapter, there is a summary of what was discussed. There are also examples of what to say when placed in certain situations. I can't think of another book where I laughed and nodded my head in agreement so many times. The title might seem scary, but take a chance and open the book. You will be glad you did!