Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook (Paperback)

Author: Adams, Scott

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A hilariously biting breakthrough book on corporate management, "Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook" once again firmly establishes Scott Adams as the spokesman for the absurdities of the workplace (and Dogbert as the guru of sticking it to the masses). "(Adams) turns the powerful searchlight of his intelligence on management, seeking its very essence. Think of him as Peter Drucker with fleas".--"Fortune".

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780887308819
SKU 30226037
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0887308813
Release Date 10/1/1997
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 8.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
Scott Adams
Scott Adams was born and raised in Windham, New York, in the Catskill mountains, but has spent many years living and working in California. He holds a B.A. in economics from Hartwick College and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. Adams also is a certified hypnotist. Adams held a variety of--in his words--"humiliating and low-paying jobs" during his eight years at Crocker National Bank and nine years at Pacific Bell. He has been a bank teller (he was robbed twice at gunpoint), computer programmer, financial analyst, product manager, commercial lender, budget manager, strategist, project manager, and pseudo-engineer. During this time, Adams entertained himself at boring meetings by drawing insulting cartoons of his co-workers and bosses. Eventually, a bespectacled character named Dilbert emerged from the doodles. In 1988, Adams mailed some sample comic strips featuring Dilbert to the major cartoon syndicates. United Feature Syndicate plucked Dilbert out of thousands of submissions received that year and offered Adams a contract. Dilbert was launched in about 50 newspapers in 1989. Adams continued his day job at Pacific Bell until 1995, drawing Dilbert every day before work. Now Adams devotes his entire day (and much of the evening) to Dilbert, including speaking, writing, doing interviews, designing artwork for licensed products, and answering hundreds of email messages. Dilbert has been published in nearly 1,000 newspapers; it has its own website, and more than a million Dilbert books have been sold.
Praise
"WARNING! This book should be kept hidden in your organization's loose-leaf-bound action plan and should not be read at work unless you have a soundproof cubicle."
From the Publisher
Editors Note Behind the closed doors of corporate management lurks a manifesto so devious, so insidious, and of such diabolic power, it has the ability to transform normal human beings into paradigm-spewing zombies. Its purpose: to help bosses stick it to their employees. Its author: none other than Dogbert, the canine corporate consultant out to rule the world. All too often, new managers make mistakes such as rewarding good work with good pay, communicating clearly and improving departmental efficiency. Dogbert shows that this could have devastating consequences: Employees begin to expect fair treatment and compensation, productive workers show results (making managers look bad by comparison), and the department's future budget allotment could be decreased because it spends only what it needs. Drawing from his years of experience tormenting Dilbert and advising his boss, our Machiavellian mutt uses pithy essays, illustrated by scores of comic strips, to teach neophyte managers such potent practices as: The power of verbal instructions: Sound like a boss while maintaining complete deniability! Empty promises of promotion: all the motivational benefits, none of the costs! Pretending to care: Learn how to hear without listening! Incentives: Inspire employees by giving them worthless knickknacks! Once again firmly establishing Scott Adams as the spokesman for the absurdities of the workplace (and Dogbert as the guru of sticking it to the masses), Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook is the perfect gift for all cubicle dwellers and their bosses.
Editors Note 1 A hilariously biting breakthrough book on corporate management, "Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook" once again firmly establishes Scott Adams as the spokesman for the absurdities of the workplace (and Dogbert as the guru of sticking it to the masses). "(Adams) turns the powerful searchlight of his intelligence on management, seeking its very essence. Think of him as Peter Drucker with fleas".--"Fortune".
Editors Note 2 Dogbert, the cartoon sidekick of Dilbert, presents his Machiavellian view of the workplace by illustrating the pitfalls of common management mistakes, such as raises and good communication
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0192
Publisher HarperBusiness

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