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I Hate People!: Kick Loose from the…

I Hate People!: Kick Loose from the Overbearing and Underhanded Jerks at…

by Jonathan Littman

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Got to page 209, didn't finish.
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
A detailed how-to guide for a business "soloist", written in a classic airport business book format. Full of trite "studies have shown, anecdotes. Sections on how to regulate the behaviors of obnoxious co-workers seemed useful. Practical guidance on email, phone and cube procedures were less useful. Catchy title, though. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Sep 6, 2010 |
Designed for navigating pitfalls and stop signs in the workplace, I HATE PEOPLE! helps you identify the top drains on your time and resources and teaches office jujitsu tactics to help wrest back your time.

Divided into four parts, the book first identifies and classifies each of The Ten Least Wanted who pose the greatest threat to getting your work done in the office. Without going into a full discussion of The Ten Least Wanted, here they are:

* Stop Sign (like the Kodak executive who predicted digital cameras had no future)
* Flimflam ("expert at identifying people to do her bidding")
* Bulldozer ("wrong decision is better than indecision")
* Smiley Face (think Batman's Joker - constantly smiling with something up his sleeve)
* Liar Liar
* Switchblade (Judas)
* Minute Man ("Do you have a minute, I just have one thing...")
* Know-It-None (full of facts, but most of which are useless or wrong)
* Spreadsheet (Obsessive micromanager)
* Sheeple (avoids making decisions)

The second part of the book introduces the concept of Flying Solo. If you enjoy your work but not distractions from people around you, then your best solution would be to become a successful Soloist. As a soloist, on your best days, you are someone who works effectively with small groups and on your own. By sharing the stories and techniques of successful soloists from a broad range of industries and companies, the book develops a clear picture of how a soloist works.

The last half of the book deals with the work environment. The third section, Office Life, incorporates The Ten Least Wanted with the constraints and demands of office life, such as constant interruptions, disruptions, unreasonable expectations and demands, and excessive rules and red tape. While the last section, Spaces and Places, discusses the need to carve out your own "personal cave" - whether you work in a bull pen, a cubicle, office with a door, or occasionally from home.

The advice and strategies are interspersed with enough anecdotes from successful soloists to make I HATE PEOPLE! both helpful and interesting read. I'll spare you the comments about how I would have loved to read this while working at Big Law or any similarly predictable remarks. I do think the book's strength is that it helps identify the difficult people and situations that we absorb, acquiesce and live out on a regular basis. I look forward to trying out several of the suggested strategies, such as being more sensitive to and wary of the Switchblades around and trying a "hard stop" with my Minute Man.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who feels frustrated in the office and is looking for ways to eke out more time and autonomy. ( )
  gaby317 | Jun 25, 2009 |
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People disappoint. Daily. Hourly. Why not wise up and get ready for it? The sooner you learn to stop getting sucker-punched and letting yourself get pissed off, the sooner you can get back to doing your own thing, your own way. In our book, we’ve selected and analyzed the ten most troublesome types of people, then fired out techniques for going over, under or through them. In the meantime, featuring some of their common phrases, here's a handy guide for spotting the Ten Least Wanted, appearing now in an office near you...

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The Ten Least Wanted character traits as defined by Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon in I Hate People


"The world is flat."

"I think you've had enough fun."

"You'll put an eye out with that thing."


"Could you work on this project?"

"It's a really small, quick thing."

"No big deal."


"What the hell's wrong with you?!"

"You're an idiot."

"You're lucky I don't fire you."


"Would you like a doughnut?"

"Were you invited to the company picnic?"

"How was your performance review?"


"I never got that email."

"My hard drive crashed."

"You didn't get my voice mail?"


"Hey, that's a great idea! Glad I thought of it!"

"I'll smooth it out with the boss."

"You just go home -- everything will be alright in the morning."


"I just have one more question..."

"This will only take a second."

"We're almost done."


"I saw it on TV."

"I saw it on the internet."

"I saw it on Wikipedia."


"That's not in the budget."

"But you didn't do a focus group."

"Your dreams conflict with the data."


"I'm not qualified to make decisions."

"I only performed approved work tasks."

"I love meetings!"

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:44 -0400)

A guide to handling the underminers, micromanagers, and backstabbers who complicate workplace environments shares recommendations for how to either work alone or collaborate with a small group of talented teammates while deflecting dysfunctional individuals.… (more)

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