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The Dilbert Principle (1996)

by Scott Adams

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Series: Dilbert: Business (1)

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In a world of TQM, reengineering, and empowered secretaries. Dilbert has become the poster boy of corporate America. Millions of office dwellers tack Scott Adams's comic strip to their walls when murdering the boss is not an acceptable option. After seventeen years of working in a cubicle and reading thousands of e-mail messages from readers who've been "downsized", "rightsized", "flattened", and put in charge of "quality teams", Scott Adams can no longer restrict himself to a single artistic medium. Now, in an unabashed attempt to cash in on the lucrative business book market, Scott brings us The Dilbert Principle. In twenty-six provocative, illustrated chapters, Scott Adams reveals the secrets of management in every company, including swearing your way to success, faking quality, business plans: world's greatest fiction, trolls in the accounting department, humiliation as a management tool, selling bad products to stupid people, and more!… (more)
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Negligible, yet occasionally funny. If you liked this, you will like the work of other middling humorists. ( )
  themulhern | May 17, 2024 |
Dilbert was one of my daily strips, so I knew the theme. It's sad that so much is funny in here, as real-world working life is reflected accurately.

Still, overall just okay. ( )
  cwebb | Apr 12, 2024 |
If I had a separate tag for "humor," this book would well qualify. ( )
  mykl-s | Dec 30, 2022 |
A surprisingly insightful look at good and bad business practices through Dilbert cartoons
  BizCoach | Jul 24, 2020 |
Memories of office culture. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Sep 4, 2019 |
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Scott Adamsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cohen, Lisa BethCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daniels, CaitlinDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeburg, AndyPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Luhtanen, SariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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These days it seems like any idiot with a laptop computer can churn out a business book and make a few bucks. (Foreword)
Most of the themes in my comic strip "Dilbert" involve workplace situations.
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We're a planet of nearly six billion ninnies living in a civilization that was designed by a few thousand amazingly smart deviants.
People are idiots. Including me. Everyone is an idiot, not just the people with the low SAT scores. The only difference is that we're idiots about different things at different times. No matter how smart you are, you spend much of your day being an idiot.
It is a wondrous human characteristic to be able to slip into and out of idiocy many times a day without noticing the change or accidentally killing innocent bystanders in the process.
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In a world of TQM, reengineering, and empowered secretaries. Dilbert has become the poster boy of corporate America. Millions of office dwellers tack Scott Adams's comic strip to their walls when murdering the boss is not an acceptable option. After seventeen years of working in a cubicle and reading thousands of e-mail messages from readers who've been "downsized", "rightsized", "flattened", and put in charge of "quality teams", Scott Adams can no longer restrict himself to a single artistic medium. Now, in an unabashed attempt to cash in on the lucrative business book market, Scott brings us The Dilbert Principle. In twenty-six provocative, illustrated chapters, Scott Adams reveals the secrets of management in every company, including swearing your way to success, faking quality, business plans: world's greatest fiction, trolls in the accounting department, humiliation as a management tool, selling bad products to stupid people, and more!

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