When Smart People Work for Dumb Bosses: How to Survive in a Crazy and Dysfunctional Workplace

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Press:McGraw-Hill McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 19, 1999)
Publication Date:1999-07-01
Author Name:Lundin, William/ Lundin, Kathleen


How can smart people stay sane and productive when their bosses are toxic, rude, or just plain dumb? Solutions abound in this essential book. 
William and Kathleen Lundin, featured on National Public Radio's Marketplace, are widely acknowledged as experts on bringing a better quality of life to today's beleaguered workplace.
Using the popular co-dependence model, this new paperback edition provides valuable therapeutic/psychological strategies for handling all-too-typical problems and creating a more healthy and functional organization.

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  •     Maybe your boss will find another job, maybe he will feel threatened by you or maybe he will cry but i guarantee he will know what you think of his dumb...
  •     i didn't order this
  •     You would be hard-pressed to find a more honest book about business and the often short sighted, un-productive, arbitrary, and just plain stupid decisions made by “dumb” managers and leaders. William and Kathleen Lundin articulately challenge the absurdities of corporate culture and the workplace. In this landmark book, they define “dumb” quite broadly: it applies to the stupid, the egomaniacal, the dictatorial, the scheming, the manipulative, and even the abusive. First-person accounts from leaders and employees illustrate the authors’ journey through the epidemic dumbness of corporate structure, decision-making, and practice. The authors thoroughly and truthfully present these problems, analyze their impact, and offer remedies. However, their conclusions often clearly indicate that if you are mired in a consistently, terminally dumb workplace, leaving is usually your best option. Don’t let the juvenile look of the volume throw you. We ... recommend this book to everyone with a job: it’s that good, like a sharp-witted social commentary delivered by keen observers.
  •     This book offers no real practical advice for reader to "survive" in crazy and dysfunctional workplace.
  •     I bought this book because I saw that there were so many good reviews and the average score was so high.
  •     In my often turbulent and traumatic travels in the American and international workplace, I have often asked myself, `Just what is it about my superiors that makes them do the...
  •     A book is as good as the lessons you learn from it. So why should you shell out your hard-earned money to read about other people's bad experiences in the workplace?
  •     Don't waste your time with this book. It's just an endless group of unfortunate work bosses. There is no insight or help with surviving theses situations.
  •     Very funny and relevant.
  •     Before you read this book, you need to change your paradigm - read John Miller's "QBQ! The Question Behind the Question" first. Very helpful case study book.
  •     I was sorely disappointed in this book. I figured I would learn how to deal with the dummy I've just been assigned to work for, but this is just an endless stream of anecdotes...
  •     Back in the '60s Dr. Laurence Peter discovered the Peter Principle: "in a hierarchy everyone rises to his/her level of incompetence". What made it so revolutionary is that it explained why everything is so screwed up in the business world. It's being run by incompetents. (As if you hadn't noticed.) Now, over three decades later the Lundins have documented the devestating impact these "dumb bosses" have on the workplace. If you now work or have worked for an insensitve, ego driven, individual you need no further explanation of what we're talking about.But, what's best about this book is that the Lundins offer strategies for survival. Bill Lundin says dumb bossess are here to stay, and unfortunately, he's right. It's the old Peter Principle. Now at least there are some ideas of how to get through the day if you work for an incompetent manager. This is a great read for those whose work life is quietly frustrating and an even better read for managers brave enough to want to discover if they're really as smart as they think they are.Shel NewmanPresident-Elect, Chicago Chapter, American Society for Training and Developmentshelnewman@worldnet.att.net
  •     The book is not as bad as some of the reviewers here might lead one to believe. Certainly it doesn't come with a magic potion of boss fixing, but the best advice I've heard came from this book - if you recognize that you're in a bad situation and you stay there, you're a participant not a victim. It helped me realize that I'm never powerless over my situation.
  •     I could not put this book down. This is a must read for all of you who either are a boss or have a boss. "When Smart People Work for Dumb Bosses" not only exposes, but offers solutions to the dilemma that is facing the workplace today. Bosses do not know how to manage and those who have a boss are allowing their work product to suffer due to being subjected to a dumb boss. The Lundins have exposed the cancer of the workforce. They have exposed the nerve that is damaging what we find most precious, namely our work life. Today work has transformed into home. We are looking for work to treat us in a certain fashion that will allow us to meet and exceed the expectations of our employer. This book delves into the inability of the work place to allow us to achieve our goals. "When Smart People Work for Dumb Bosses" is an educational tool that enables a work place to redesign itself. This book comes at a time when the work place is a disaster. We! need assistance in restructuring and this book gives us that assistance. "When Smart People Work for Dumb Bosses" is the means with which a company can change from a place where all employees disdain their daily life, thereby being unproductive, to a place where employees show up ready and willing to give themselves to the company that is giving back to them. It is the must read of our time!!!
  •     This is a horribly miscategorized book. While the case studies are entertaining, there is absolutely no advice on how to deal with the situations presented.

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