How to Work for an Idiot, Revised and Expanded with More Idiots, More Insanity, and More Incompetency: Survive and Thrive Without Killing Your Boss
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"Anyone who has to work should read How to Work for an Idiot."
"There is no question that How to Work for an Idiot is a subversive book. People will pick it up expecting a tasty blend of commiseration and advice. They will put it down thinking, to paraphrase the famous line from the cartoon character Pogo, 'We have met the idiot, and he is us.' "
--The New York Times
"Dr. Hoover recommends admitting that you are 'powerless' over the jerks in your life. Otherwise, 'harboring all that resentment is like drinking a cup of poison and waiting for the jerk to die.' "
--The Wall Street Journal
"How to Work for an Idiot contains a lot of humor, with plenty of good information as well.
--Campbell Brown, Weekend Today
"Dr. John's How to Work for an Idiot is very funny stuff, with some stinging jabs in there."
--Neil Cavuto, Fox News
"...an irreverent and realistic look at what people must deal with every day at work."
"As amusing as his vignettes may be, the proffered advice is pretty sound and includes solid steps for coping and surviving a daily dose of determined and authoritative stupidity without committing any capital crimes."
--The Miami Herald
Was it a typo when the CEO mandated that the organization "institutionalize incompetents"? If not, how did the company wind up institutionalizing incompetence instead? How to Work for an Idiot is still the confessions of a recovering Idiot Boss. After decades of writing and consulting, Dr. Hoover finally realized that many of the people he kept trying to "energize" and "enlighten" were, well, idiots. More importantly, he was an idiot for thinking he could change them.
This new edition of How to Work for an Idiot is bigger and better--and filled with even more idiots--than before. The same technology that has enabled cluelessness from the corner office to go viral can help you protect yourself and keep your inner idiot in check. Yes, the book goes that deep. Not every boss is an idiot, and not every idiot is a boss. Let Dr. Hoover help you find the wisdom to know the difference.
doesn’t mean you need to conduct yourself in a crappy way. Whatever you do, conduct yourself in a way that sends a clear message as to what you’re all about. 2. If you want to argue a point with your boss, practice the proverbial “Yes, and” instead of launching with “Yes, but” or just plain “But….” Say, “If we’re going to follow that path, I think we should keep our eyes open and be prepared to flex and accommodate whatever unexpected responses we might receive.” Okay, you said it. Nobody can
to change overnight, and nothing happens for no reason, remember? Whatever the reasons for your dysfunctional expectations management and that of your boss, those reasons are still around. Identifying those reasons (probably character defenses, a.k.a. character defects) and getting them out into the light of day will take some time, and will include multiple inventories and multiple conversations about what’s working and what’s not. It’s not a one-time thing; it’s an all-the-time thing. In the
“forget” to pass on important and relevant intelligence you collect in the course of your business—just to watch her squirm when she needs such information and doesn’t have it because you suppressed it. The people I’m guessing you least want to be around are those who brown-nose the boss all day long, giving every appearance of removing the thorn from the boss’s paw—perhaps even doing so—and then giggling maniacally as they strategically place the thorn where the boss is sure to sit on it. When
organization they intend to run one day. This curiosity can lead to staying up all night poring over and analyzing organization charts (lists of enemies) and succession plans. A Machiavellian politician (redundant, I know) is the epitome of someone skilled and highly competent at researching pathways to power. The Sadistic Boss Like God Bosses and Machiavellian Bosses, Sadistic Bosses get checks in the curious and studious characteristic and competency column, but not for healthy reasons.
I-Boss as a ploy to gain entrée into the I-Boss’s inner circle. Anyone who wants to gain access to an I-Boss’s inner circle for anything but mercenary reasons is likely to be an even bigger Idiot. If you don’t have a willing and able kiss-up available, you might need to take the bull by the horns and be the messenger yourself. Tell your I-Boss that you overheard his boss saying complementary things about him. Everybody wants to think they are respected and admired. You didn’t plant that need for