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 This book has been recommended to me by an HR Director friend. She's reading it for the second time. Has anyone read this?

mattpalmer's picture

I read this a couple of years ago, at the urging of a colleague, and I don't recall getting anything actionable out of it.  In theory, if you're not sold on the idea that getting rid of "assholes" is beneficial, you might be convinced to do so by this book, but like most business books, the rationale for why it was a good idea wasn't strong enough to convince a staunch skeptic.  It certainly didn't fulfil the subtitle promise for me -- it didn't really teach me how to build a civilized workplace, nor how to survive one that isn't.

If you're already convinced that assholes are damaging to your company, I'd skip the book and just start weeding out the problems with feedback and firing.  If you're not, well, go work for Gordon Ramsey for a while... (grin)

vinnyjones's picture

There is a quick summary here if anyone needs a brief overview.  I find actionable books fairly good at picking out the nuggets and I found these were not that insightful, backing up Matt's comments above.

http://www.actionablebooks.com/summaries/the-no-asshole-rule/

 

 

vinnyjones's picture

There is a quick summary here if anyone needs a brief overview.  I find actionable books fairly good at picking out the nuggets and I found these were not that insightful, backing up Matt's comments above.

http://www.actionablebooks.com/summaries/the-no-asshole-rule/

 

 

tlhausmann's picture

I did not enjoy the book...and as others have stated. There was not sufficient actionable content to make it worth, in my view, my time or the cost of the book.

justakim's picture

I liked the book because I was bitter about my own situation. It was also relatively amusing.