The Joy of Work by Scott Adams

Posted December 13, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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The Joy of Work by Scott AdamsThe Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers by Scott Adams
Series: Dilbert: Business #4
Also in this series: The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century, The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions
Published by Harper Perennial on September 8th 1999
Genres: Nonfiction, Humour
Pages: 264
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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four-stars

Egomaniacal bosses. Stupid coworkers. Boring routines. Corporate America has become a wasteland of tedium and soulless drudgery that just sucks the life force out of your body and reduces you into a mindless, stressed-out drone. No more.

It's time to let the creative juices run over -- Dilbert style. In this latest foray into the pre-posterous world of business, America's favorite cubicle dweller gives us a blueprint for rediscovering the joy of work that's full of tips for livening up the workplace at the expense of coworkers, stockholders, and civilization in general. Usually absurd, always funny, it is a timely, right-on-target look at corporate America that never fails to deliver gut-wrenching laughs.

Main points

This was a real good one. It’s less about work and more about ways to find humour at the expense of others. That’s a paraphrase of the subtitle and really all there is to sum it up. The lessons can apply to many areas of life. There are lessons on how to be creative and a number of great pranks you can play. There are also good ways to deal with all types of horrible people that you wouldn’t want to interact with but unfortunately have to. Of course, none of these suggestions are realistic, but they are hilarious. And some of them could probably be implemented in a more tasteful way to great success (or at least personal satisfaction). The section on handling criticism was refreshingly honest, if rude (as usual). I mostly just liked how he pointed out the ridiculous things people have criticized his comics for and how there’s really no way to avoid stuff like that. There’s growing a thick skin, and then there’s finding humour in the situation. That’s what I try to do. Either a) stop caring, b) think it’s funny, or c) both. I also liked how in this book there are a few more personal stories than in his other books. They are longer than his fictitious stories and are still very amusing, even more so because they are true. So many funny things happen to us each day when no one else is around to experience them. That’s why I love reading nonfiction humour. Sometimes truth is stranger (and funnier) than fiction. And better yet, the funny story just writes itself. You just have to transcribe the situation. No thinking required. I would write if I thought that other people had the same sense of humour I did. But I suppose Scott’s section on the six dimensions of humour would help sort that out. Something to consider. (;

Anyway, so far all of the books in this series are pure gems and I would encourage picking any of them up in any order. I’ve still got two more to go. We could all use a laugh every once in a while and I am certain you’ll learn something.

  reaction upon finishing

Yes. Cats are the best.

this book in one word

clever!

About Scott Adams

Adams was born in Windham, New York in 1957 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hartwick College in 1979.
He also studied economics and management for his 1986 MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Adams is also a trained hypnotist, as well as a vegetarian.
He married Shelly Miles on July 22, 2006.

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