The No Asshole Rule was awarded a Quill Award as the Best Business Book of 2007. When Robert Sutton's "No Asshole Rule" appeared in the Harvard Business Review, readers of this staid publication were amazed at the outpouring of support for this landmark essay. The idea was based on the... read more
We all know them or know of them--the jerks and bullies at work who demean, criticize, and sap the energy of others, usually their underlings. It could be the notorious bad boss or the jealous coworker, but everyone agrees that they make life miserable for their victims and create a hostile... read more
We all know them or know of them--the jerks and bullies at work who demean, criticize, and sap the energy of others, usually their underlings. It could be the notorious bad boss or the jealous coworker, but everyone agrees that they make life miserable for their victims and create a hostile and emotionally stifling environment. Fed up with how these creeps treat others and poison the workplace, Sutton declares war and comes out calling them exactly what they are--"certified assholes." Caricatured in sitcoms such as The Office, these brutes are too often tolerated until irreparable damage is done to individuals and the organization as a whole. Sutton's "no asshole rule" puts a stop to the abuse in no uncertain terms. Similar rules have transformed such companies as JetBlue, the Men's Wearhouse, and Google into shining examples of workplaces where positive self-esteem creates a more productive, motivated, and satisfied workforce. If you have ever been a victim, just reading Sutton's analysis brings calm relief, empowerment, and reassurance that you're not alone.
“The candidate seems smart, but would this hire violate our no asshole rule?”
“If you have never acted like an asshole even once in your life, please call me immediately. I want to know how you've accomplished this superhuman feat.”
“Dismiss whatever insults your soul”Walt Whitman
“Negative interactions have five times the effect on mood than positive interactions.”
Chapter 1. What Workplace Assholes Do and Why You Know So Many
Chapter 2. The Damage Done: Why Every Workplace Needs the Rule
Chapter 3. How to Implement the Rule, Enforce It, and Keep It Alive
Chapter 4. how to Stop Your "Inner Jerk" from Getting Out
Chapter 5. When Assholes Reign: Tips for Surviving Nasty People and Workplaces
Chapter 6. The Virtues of Assholes
Chapter 7. The No Asshole Rule as a Way of Life
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