The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams

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The Dilbert Principle by Scott AdamsThe Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions by Scott Adams
Series: Dilbert: Business #1
Also in this series: The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century, The Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers, Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook, Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel
Published by HarperBusiness on April 24th 1997
Genres: Nonfiction, Humour
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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The creator of Dilbert, the fastest-growing comic strip in the nation (syndicated in nearly 1000 newspapers), takes a look at corporate America in all its glorious lunacy. Lavishly illustrated with Dilbert strips, these hilarious essays on incompetent bosses, management fads, bewildering technological changes and so much more, will make anyone who has ever worked in an office laugh out loud in recognition. The Dilbert Principle: The most ineffective workers will be systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage -- management.

Since 1989, Scott Adams has been illustrating this principle each day, lampooning the corporate world through Dilbert, his enormously popular comic strip. In Dilbert, the potato-shaped, abuse-absorbing hero of the strip, Adams has given voice to the millions of Americans buffeted by the many adversities of the workplace.

Now he takes the next step, attacking corporate culture head-on in this lighthearted series of essays. Packed with more than 100 hilarious cartoons, these 25 chapters explore the zeitgeist of ever-changing management trends, overbearing egos, management incompetence, bottomless bureaucracies, petrifying performance reviews, three-hour meetings, the confusion of the information superhighway and more. With sharp eyes, and an even sharper wit, Adams exposes -- and skewers -- the bizarre absurdities of everyday corporate life. Readers will be convinced that he must be spying on their bosses, The Dilbert Principle rings so true!

Main points

This book was the best. It was funny all the way through. I learned a lot, too. I learned that corporate life is very little getting things done and a lot of talking about the things that need doing. There is so much to the corporate world that isn’t work. I also learned a lot of jargon, too. At first it amazed me that such lingo was actually used, but then I realised that it doesn’t necessarily mean that the users are saying anything important. You can use a lot of lingo and not say anything at all. The book encompasses a lot of (if not most) aspects of corporate life. It’s a very thorough overview. I especially liked the end where he goes into how the ideal business would work, because it certainly seems very efficient and it boggles my brain that people aren’t doing that. It’s always easier said than done, at any rate. And I’ve always enjoyed theorizing about the best ways to do things that I don’t have a lot of experience in, until I’m shot down by someone who does. (I would make a good manager. One of their typical quotes is “Anything I don’t understand must be easy.”) But generally this book was a great balance of humour and education. I mean, obviously a lot of it is exaggeration for humour, but I think some of the fundamental aspects are the same. I went into this knowing nothing about the corporate world (not having had a desk job at a big company yet) so it was pretty new to me. But parts of it do seem realistic enough, knowing human nature. And the emails Scott has received from disgruntled employees back that up. It doesn’t discourage me, though. It intrigues me. Hopefully I can avoid the worst of it in my own career. (:

  reaction upon finishing

No, it can’t be over! (Thank goodness there are three more books I haven’t read yet.)

this book in one word


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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