many funny and insightful comments on life as a knowledge worker... cubicle life, rewarding idiots, compensation problems, incentivizing work, budgeting, etc with many related cartoons disbursed between quirky commentary and bulleted lists
Scott Adams' insight into the corporate work environment should be required reading for everyone who is in management, working their way into management, or studying to be in management. It's exactly what he says: a "cubicle's-eye view". And, of course, his Dilbert cartoons are ROFL. This book isn't just a cartoon book - it's as much text as cartoons, as Adams' explains his view of the many organization issues and problems he lampoons in his cartoons.
It's been years since I've read "The Dilbert Principle" but I remember how funny it is. Scott Adams says, at one point in the book, that he tries to come up with the most outlandish ideas and stories when he writes Dilbert and people tell them that those situations have actually happened! If you have ever worked in the corporate world, you'll recognize a lot of these funny stories, and you'll laugh out loud.
Adams worked in a cubicle at Pacific Bell for nine years. From there he went on to pen the wildly popular cartoon Dilbert, which appears in over 700 newspapers. He is also the author of six Dilbert books (e.g., Bring Me the Head of Willy the Mailboy, Andrews & McMeel, 1995) and an electronic Dilbert newsletter, has a Web site on the Internet, and is a frequent speaker at business gatherings. His latest book of humorous essays and observations elaborates on the corporate scenarios depicted in his cartoons. The "Dilbert Principle" asserts that the most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management. Chapters include such titles as "Machiavellian Methods," "Pretending To Work," and "Engineers, Scientists, Programmers, and Other Odd People." The book is replete with such advice as "Never walk down the hall without a document in your hand" and "The worth of any project is how it will sound on your resume." He stresses the importance of using the word paradigm as often as possible, discusses the value of computers in pretending to be busy, and recommends that workers awaiting performance reviews openly display copies of Soldier of Fortune magazine on their desks. This cynical, satirical, all-too-familiar glimpse of corporate life is unabashed management bashing and is very funny. Recommended for all humor and business collections.
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More hysterical insights from the "poster boy of corporate America" and sanity-savior of office dwellers around the world. Asks those important strategic questions, such as "Are idiots promoted because they have good hair?" and "Have bonuses been replaced with novelty items inscribed with the corporate logo?" If so, your company is using the Dilbert Principle!
It's a readable and amusing book; but I don't see how to take Adams' business advice seriously, given how obviously he hates the business world. If everybody did exactly as he says we should, do you suppose he'd run out of things to mock, or things to bitch and moan about? I doubt it.