The Dilbert Principle (Dilbert: Business #1)
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
This book was given to me somewher...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
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
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.
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
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
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
Lots of this book is stuck in the 90s. So it’s not really relevant anymore. Some of the descriptions are still humourous (I particularly liked the section about managers – one of them was one of my bosses to a T and the section on engineers, which I could groan and concur). I was hoping for funnier comics intertwined. Some of them were good but I’ve r...more
Most business books tell you what to do, Adams tells us what not to do and cites examples from the many e-mails he receives from office-dwellers around the nation. Th...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
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
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
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