The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

by Robert I. Sutton PhD


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The definitive guide to working with — and surviving — bullies, creeps, jerks, tyrants, tormentors, despots, backstabbers, egomaniacs, and all the other assholes who do their best to destroy you at work.

"What an asshole!"

How many times have you said that about someone at work? You're not alone! In this groundbreaking book, Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton builds on his acclaimed Harvard Business Review article to show you the best ways to deal with assholes...and why they can be so destructive to your company. Practical, compassionate, and in places downright funny, this guide offers:

  • Strategies on how to pinpoint and eliminate negative influences for good
  • Illuminating case histories from major organizations
  • A self-diagnostic test and a program to identify and keep your own "inner jerk" from coming out
The No Asshole Rule is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Business Week bestseller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446698207
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 231,219
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at the Stanford Engineering School. The No Asshole Rule was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 What Workplace Assholes Do and Why You Know So Many 7

Chapter 2 The Damage Done: Why Every Workplace Needs the Rule 27

Chapter 3 How to Implement the Rule, Enforce It, and Keep It Alive 51

Chapter 4 How to Stop Your "Inner Jerk" from Getting Out 93

Chapter 5 When Assholes Reign: Tips for Surviving Nasty People and Workplaces 125

Chapter 6 The Virtues of Assholes 153

Chapter 7 The No Asshole Rule as a Way of Life 177

Epilogue 185

Additional Reading 217

Acknowledgments 221

Index 227

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