Monday, June 29, 2009

BOOK REVIEW--I HATE PEOPLE by Jonathan Littman & Mark Hershon

Everyone who has ever worked out in public has been irritated with a fellow worker or workers at one time or another. If you say that you haven't, I will suspect you of lying. You may be tolerant. But you're not that tolerant. Be truthful. There are some people you work with that you can't stand. You may not hate them--in fact, you probably don't, but you do get irritated with them.

I Hate People is a workplace self-help book that shows how to identify the corporate clods you dislike the most while giving you the techniques you need to help neutralize them. This book is filled with the real-life methods that business managers and executives use at Fortune 500 companies to overcome the problem people in the workplace. I Hate People is an essential book for those who refuse to let the drones get in their way. It will show you how to outfox the Ten Least Wanted--the underminers, micromanagers, and backstabbers who prowl the corporate minefield.

The main purpose of the book is to help you become a Soloist--one of those bold individuals who dare to work alone or with a few handpicked talented people--while artfully deflecting the rest.

Now, for the things I don't like about this book. I don't like the title. I don't hate it, but I don't like it. I know why the authors chose it. They wanted to get our attention. I don't hate anybody and you probably don't either. But they did get our attention because we do have strong feelings about some people. Another thing I don't like is the use of a few, not many, but a few vulgar words. A strong point could have been made without those words. But again, I know why they used them. This is the way many people in the workplace talk.

Did I work with people who irritated me when I was a Pastor for forty-seven years? Are you kidding? Absolutely! Hate them? Absolutely not!

The front cover of the book states: "Kick loose from the overbearing and underhanded jerks at work and get what you want out of your job." If that's you, then you will want to read this book or give it to someone else who needs it.


The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!

  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing address please. You do not have to be a blogger to win. You can win more than once on my blog.
  • I MUST have a way of contacting you, so be sure to leave your email address in your comment.
  • Some choose to omit the @ sign and the . dot by writing it in "code" like this: you (at) your email (dot)com.
  • I'll close the comments July 17 and pick the five winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from them within three days, I will select another winner(s).


Smilingsal said...

Swearing is a lazy man's way of being emphatic.

ChristyJan said...

My husband is always on the look-out for new techniques and methods that he can use not only in the work place but in everyday life.
Please enter me to win a copy of this book.

hawkes (at)citlink.net

gahome2mom said...

Wonderful book to pass on to my dear husband. Thanks.

gahome2mom at gmail dot com

Heather said...

Looks like a good read, accept my entry pretty please!

heatheranne99 at hotmail dot com

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Yes, the title grabbed my attention! I wish I had this book back when I was working!

Are you a speed reader? I don't know how you read so many books so quickly. I'm still chugging along trying to finish the ones I have started! This is why I don't ask to be put on the give-away list!


Lisanne624 said...

Well, now as something of a "curmudgeon-in-training", I'll have to say that the title of this book rather appeals to me! :) I'd love to read it!

lahlstedt (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Just what I need today. Than you for this give away. rickmc@recn.ca

Barbara said...

Oh pick me please pick me!