The Dilbert Principle (Dilbert: Business #1)
Or should that be anti-business advice? Scott Adams provides the hapless victim of re-engineering, rightsizing and Total Quality Management some strategies for fighting back, er, coping. Forced to work long hours, with no hope of a raise? Adams offers tips on maintaining parity in compensation. Along the way, Adams...more
To those of you who are unfortunate enough to be 'bosses', I wouldsuggestthat you give this book a miss: You might end up in chronic depression.
To get into the nuances of the book, here is a Q&A with my notes from the book and a few Dilbert illustrations (again from the book) re...more
Anyone who has ever worked in a corporation will relate to both the essays and the unforgettable cartoons. I particularly enjoy Dogbert, the heartless H.R. manager. Having worked in H.R. for a number of years, I have stories similar to Adams' comic strips.
The hypocrisy of a great percentage of managers is illuminated in the chapter on "Great Lies of Management". I'm sure most...more
Having worked in a corporate environment himself, Scott brings out a very real, and a not-so-exaggerated description of corporate life. It’s sarcasm that leaves you smiling… and then laughing… and then rolling on the floor laughing. I really wonder how a...more
So I may have been predisposed to think this was a humorous tome on management and the potential foibles.
Instead it was more of a hilarious romp with several anectdotal tales of woe, and the relevant Dilbert cartoons to back them up.
The last chapter actually has some solid advice, followed by semi relat...more
On the plus side:
+ Witty and easily digestible short chunks
+ Related Dilbert strips for every topic
+ Scott Adams' own experience/stories from the trenches
+ Final chapter on how Adams thinks management should be done
On the minus side:
- Style gets repetitive, esp. when you r...more
The book is slightly outdated. TQM should probably replaced by Agile or similar. However, the text is illustrated with many funny Dilbert comics. The book will teach you about management and how to cope with it, including the following topics:
The Evolution of Idiots
The Happiness Productivity Test
How to Talk Like a Manager
The Great Lies of Management
How to Provide Bad Advice
"The Dilbert Principle" will help...more
The book has a good, but far-too-short last chapter about how an ideal office should be run. I didn't agree with all of Adams' suggestion...more
I found myself laughing at more of those strips than the text, which adopts a very mightier-than-thou position by means of contrast and inside/outside. Humour works that way.
Authors try to group themselves together with readers to laugh at an external group (in this book it is the suit who is not in t...more
He points out all the pointless, timewasting bureaucratic hassles that affects most large businesses--and many small ones.
For those who have ever worked in any office, the problems Adams focusses on are all too familiar.
Ever had a big company "slogan"? It's like a high school pep rally. You see the slogan in e-mails, on wall posters, they pass out T-shirts or mugs with the new slogan...more
This book was given to me somewher...more
650.13 Dilbert series - Subtitled: a cubicle's eye view of bosses, meetings, management fads & other workplace afflictions. An examination of what is often wrong with business management - illustrated with Dilbert cartoo...more
Or as Scott Adams puts it in the first chapter of this loose collection of comic strips and emails from people about their jobs "No matter how absurd I try to make the comic strip I can't stay ahead of what people are experiencing in their own workplaces."
The downside of this book is that the emails would be funnier if they weren't true.
Read it for the cartoons, then read "OA5" for the big idea.
Perfect to read while travelling.
Easily worth 4* just because of the laughs.
Eh, will write a proper review when I get around to. =)
The podcasts, however bridge that time-gap.
My favourites - Dogbert and Catbert (because who doesn't love pure evil!!).
Se você acha as tirinhas do Dilbert engraçadas, saiba que os textos do autor (Scott Adams) são 10 vezes mais engraçados. O livro é tipo um Stand Up de 300 páginas, genial desde o prefácio.
Ele deveria ser leitura obrigatória para todo mundo que faz um curso de humanas. Nada explica tão bem a humanidade quanto a teoria da evolução dos idiotas. Ele aborda ainda aspectos como trabalho e gestão empresarial, com direito a dicas essenciais como "Como fingir que...more
Adams was born in Windham, New York in 1957 and received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Hartwick College in 1979.
He also studied economics and management for his 1986 MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
In recent years, Ada...more