Title: The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t
Author: Robert Sutton
Publication Date: January 1, 2007
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review: I’m not entirely sure at what point this text ended up on my ‘to-read’ shelf – I think it was at a point when I was near my limit of dealing with some particularly nasty jerks in an organization where I volunteer. But when I came up I decided to give it a read anyway since it looked relatively short and figured one could always use some advice on dealing with assholes in any context.
Overall, I don’t know that I learned anything new from this book. In the end, it basically says that assholes will be assholes and it’s more about finding a way to just ignore/get through it than trying to confront them directly (because, let’s face it, assholes don’t take it kindly when you point out that’s what they are). There is some advice in it for managers about trying to implement a ‘no asshole rule’ in the workplace, but it still falls just a bit short of some good strong steps to take in these sorts of situations. But for the time invested to read it, it was probably worth it, if for no reason other than to confirm what I already know/believe and helping to remind me that none of us is alone in dealing with people who act like that…