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The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions (Dilbert: Business #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  7,085 Ratings  ·  270 Reviews
The creator of Dilbert, the fastest-growing comic strip in the nation (syndicated in nearly 1000 newspapers), takes a look at corporate America in all its glorious lunacy. Lavishly illustrated with Dilbert strips, these hilarious essays on incompetent bosses, management fads, bewildering technological changes and so much more, will make anyone who has ever worked in an off ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 24th 1997 by HarperBusiness (first published April 18th 1996)
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Riku Sayuj
Feb 22, 2012 Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Puneet Raheja
Shelves: mba-stuff, r-r-rs

The Dilbert Principle: A Q & A

This is not really a review. It is more of a collection of notes I made from the book while I got some respite from laughing my head off or scratching my head at the thought that some of this sarcasm is slung at me too.

To those of you who are unfortunate enough to be 'bosses', I would suggest that 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 Dilber
Nandakishore Varma
Nov 13, 2011 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it
I have worked in Engineering Consultancy organisations since 1993. Now I will let Dilbert speak for me.

And finally, with apologies to the memory of Dian Fossey.

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe that the world of business is rational and those who have experience of it.

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.
Apr 13, 2017 Shadowdenizen rated it really liked it
I never appreciated Dilbert until I actually got a "cubicle" job...
May 12, 2016 Stacy rated it it was amazing
Nicholas Nash
Dec 28, 2016 Nicholas Nash rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I first started working. I've been cynical since and try to see through all the workplace madness right away. This book is incredibly funny and, I must say, every bit true. If you're slogging away in a cubicle, don't feel bad. This book will make you feel better. Know that you are not alone!
Doc Opp
May 18, 2008 Doc Opp rated it really liked it
From about 2002-2007, I believe the Daily Show gave the most hard hitting and reliable news on TV. The reason was because the mainstream media was afraid to go against the zeitgeist of the patriotic anti-terror hawkish government policies. The Daily Show, being a humor show, could say whatever the heck it felt like safe behind the armor of freedom of expression and comedy. So, John Stewart poked holes in ridiculous policy, and was one of the few places with reasonable analysis of global affairs. ...more
Aug 11, 2007 Rob rated it liked it
Recommends it for: jaded tech and/or office workers
Shelves: own, humor
I got into the Dilbert comics sometime during high school. I was working part-time in the head office of a construction company, alphabetizing invoices and de-stapling paperwork. Gimpy stuff. "Office bitch" type stuff. The hours and pay were good though and my boss looked almost exactly like the Dilbert Boss -- but with a mustache and without being an idiot. Just the same, everyday's three panel strip clearly illustrated some incident that had recently occurred.

This book was given to me somewher
May 28, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, humor
Writing comedic prose is tough. Even professional comedians fail at it most of the time. And I would imagine that writing comic strips is even tougher, based on the fact that DILBERT, THE FAR SIDE and CALVIN AND HOBBES are the only good ones that immediately spring to mind. In THE DILBERT PRINCIPLE, Scott Adams succeeds admirably at both. Yes, the DILBERT comic strips are funnier than his prose--but not by so great a margin as you'd naturally expect. Adams obviously put a lot of thought into thi ...more
Sep 26, 2016 Lora rated it liked it
Dilbert was a favorite of my late husband, and I read this book in small portions over the course of a year. It brought me back to my days in the work force, for example United Way campaigns, downsizing and leaders that compare employees making mistakes with doctors dropping babies on their heads (employees at the insurance company I worked for actually got a memo from upper management on that!).

The book includes both cartoons, text and real-life anecdotes that readers sent Scott Adams. Adams i
Feb 12, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's been an employee and has a sense of humor.
This is the second time I've read this book. The first time, I went through it very fast. This time I savored its wisdom.

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
Jan 14, 2015 Felicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, read-in-2015
"When companies try to encourage creativity it's like a bear dancing with an ant. Sooner or later the ant will realize it's a bad idea, although the bear may not."

As usual, Scott Adams is spot on about business life. It's bizarre that this book is almost 20 years old and the same old management fads, catch phrases and general b.s. are still in play today. It's amazing that any businesses manage to be successful.
بسام عبد العزيز
Jul 30, 2014 بسام عبد العزيز rated it it was amazing
Pretty hilarious! i couldn't erase the smile on my face during reading such a hilarious book.. even sometimes i burst into laughter and people around me was wandering whether i'm crazy or something!

the book contains the management deficiencies that scott has experienced himself during his career as an employee in big companies.
even though it may seem exaggerated sometimes for some people but for people working in the engineering field it'll definitely be their "day-to-day" routine! so if you'r
Feb 12, 2017 Swati rated it really liked it
Funny exaggeration of the corporate life. I liked the chapter about Marketing. One thing is clear, the author really hates cubicles.
Mary JL
Dec 25, 2009 Mary JL rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who works or will work in a large company
Shelves: non-fiction
I really enjoyed this book. It is non-fiction, although Scott Adams uses some of his comic strips to make a point.

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
Alan Chen
Mar 11, 2012 Alan Chen rated it it was ok
Shelves: fun
An agonizing chore to traverse its 320+ pages. I've always been amused by the Dilbert comic strip, but for some reason this book just isn't funny to me. As a satirical guide to management, I suppose it would be funnier if I were actually a manager. Instead, this book just feels sloppy and uneven. Multiple strips are repeated in different sections, each chapter varies wildly in length from 3 pages to 30+ blocks, and the jokes mostly just fall flat. There is no flow, just an endless series of anec ...more
May 30, 2012 Hal rated it liked it
If you like the Dilbert comics, you'll like this book as well. It gives an ironic description of corporate life, peppered with Dilbert strips and real-life examples (through e-mails that Adams keeps receiving from his readers).

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
Jan 21, 2012 Nathan rated it did not like it
Shelves: humour
Tedious. Very tedious The text gives nothing helpful and is repetitive, if not outright negative. Dark humour's available in the comic strips but stretching it out in a textual form is pushing it.

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
Jul 17, 2011 Pradeep rated it it was amazing
I have not seen another good book like this which explains the pitiable nature of the corporate environment in such a satirical manner. You will not be able to deny most of the facts mentioned in this book. Scott Adams not only mocks at the corporate culture but also ends with a well defined model on how a company should be...
Feb 03, 2013 York rated it really liked it
Tardé dos años en terminarlo, más que nada porque este libro llegó justo en el momento más complicado de mi vida laboral. Ahora que todo es más estable lo retomé para darme cuenta que no importa la década o el empleo, la incompetencia no tiene límites. Aquí al menos ríes mucho en cada página.
Sashankh Kale
Jan 01, 2017 Sashankh Kale rated it it was amazing
Uproariously funny; a cynical and wry stab at the corporate world.
Aug 26, 2007 Jamie rated it it was amazing
In the top three best books I've ever read!! Timeless cyncism applicable to almost any situation. A must read!!
Britain Green
Jul 10, 2015 Britain Green rated it really liked it
Very funny book on management and the corporate life.
so true, so true......
Karan Gupta
Jul 09, 2015 Karan Gupta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, non-fiction
I had found "The Dilbert Principle" two years ago in a previous flat in Bangalore, stowed away in a shelf with other scrap paper. After inquiring as to whether any of the flatmates owned it, I pulled it out, dusted it, smelt the yellowing pages and kept it in my shelf. But for the gain in status, the book achieved little else. It travelled to Delhi when I moved and sat in a shelf there for a really long time. I found it sitting in silent anticipation while rummaging through the shelf to find som ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Alokmahajan rated it really liked it
I first posted about Dilbert around 1.5 year back @ on my blog. Time flied like a Phantom Fart ,no one knew where it came from but left a smell which fades away slowly. I wrote it back in college where I pulled out the innocent looking book from library shelve with title The Joy of Work: Dilbert’s Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers and now I am trying to write about my thoughts on his other book The Dilbert Principle. Wait before going further let me ...more
Feb 27, 2017 Todd rated it it was amazing
A fun and sarcastic look at the business world and daily grind many office workers see and feel. Although I haven't experienced most if any of the things in the book it was still fun and helps serve as a what not to do in management book.
Himanshu Modi
Jul 16, 2013 Himanshu Modi rated it liked it
The book describes itself as “A cubicle’s eye view of bosses, meetings, management fads and other workplace afflictions”. And it is just that. It captures all the parodies that all corporate honchos, wannabes, survivors and prisoners go through.

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
Siddharth Taneja
Oct 04, 2015 Siddharth Taneja rated it liked it
Dilbert Principle

I will try and keeping it simple in my review.

a) Scott Adams has a great view of the office life, having been in the corporate world (as we call it) for a long time

b) His observations are apt, a lot of incidents that are mentioned in the book, do actually happen. The solutions provided to them are witty, mean and heartless

c) While reading any strip you can not miss the humor, that's the whole point of that but some of it just goes right over your head. The selling point is exa
Irina Nam
Feb 19, 2017 Irina Nam rated it liked it
Scott Adams' writing works much better in comic panels than in book format. Here, his humor felt stretched thin. He admits he doesn't really have much to say in the introduction, but I was kind of hoping this was not really matter of fact.
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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
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