Blah, Blah, Blah: A Snarky Guide to Office Lingo by Dan Hill & Howard Moskowitz
Category: Adult Non- Fiction 18+, 147 pages
Genre: Humor (Business); Tour dates: September 27 to October 15
Publisher: Sensory Logic, Inc.; Release Date: September 15, 2021
Content Rating: PG. OMG and a few references to sexual harassment, etc. Quite mild.
Need a laugh to get through your workday? You've come to the right place. Ambrose Bierce's classic The Devil's Dictionary took on life in general. Now a century later, it's time to lampoon the business world. There's no richer target than being told to think outside the box by leaders spouting off about synergy, teamwork, and innovation while at the same time exhorting you to stay in your swim lane. If as famed business guru Peter Drucker writes, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast," then we've been asked to eat a dog's breakfast at work for far too long! A little truth in every joke. Join the fun as the two lead authors and 50 other contributors offer their humorous take on how the workplace really operates. With almost 600 diabolical definitions to enjoy, you're sure to find plenty to smile about.
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What Is Having a Career Really Like? By Dan Hill
If you’re approaching adulthood, you have to wonder what goes on every day in the offices parents commute to in non-pandemic times. Mystery solved! In Blah, Blah, Blah: A Snarky Guide to Office Lingo, you’ll learn that real life imitates a host of notable TV shows like The Office, Ugly Betty, Better-Off-Ted, the IT Crowd, and In Contempt. In other words, it’s no picnic. Presidential politics might be cruel, with the slings-and-arrows of outrageous insults haunting a candidate on the road to the White House for months on end. But really, that’s nothing: office politics are far more intimate, claustrophobic and continuous. Months become years, become decades.
What can and should you do to avoid such a fate? There’s a lot more to take from away from Blah, Blah, Blah than just some jokes, as good as they are. Should you want to become an entrepreneur instead, just remember that ENTREPRENEUR can really turn into ENTREMANURE: What you often end up with when you strike out on your own. That’s because you have to deal with BIG MONEY: Investors whose doctors describe them as being financially obese. They don’t like RED INK: The business equivalent of coughing up blood.
If you’re not going to launch a start-up, what should you be on the look-out for when you join an existing company? Get a good boss, not a manager who makes you realize that a CAREER LADDER can actually mean “the promise of a promotion placed dangerously close to electrical wiring.” Are colleagues a worry? They should be. When they drop by to PICK YOUR BRAIN that’s a colleague’s inner vulture landing on your desk. Nor will the company’s executives be of much help. They’re busy studying CHARTS: A crowd of numbers and geometrical shapes struggling to avoid asphyxiation.
The solution? Laugh and enjoy Blah, Blah, Blah. It will sharpen your instincts by supplying you with a good bs-detector as you enter the workforce someday ahead.
Meet the Authors:
Dan Hill, PhD, is the author of nine books, including Emotionomics, which was an Advertising Age top 10 must-read selection and features a foreword by Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons. In 1998, Dan founded Sensory Logic, Inc. whose clients represent over 50% of the world's top 100 advertisers. Besides having spoken to audiences in over 25 countries, Dan has had media appearances ranging from ABC's "Good Morning, America" to NBC's "The Today Shows,” CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ESPN, and the Tennis Channel. Dan was also a regular guest on PBS’s “Mental Engineering” show, hailed by Bill Moyers as “the most interesting weekly half hour of social commentary and criticism on television.” In print, Dan has received front-page coverage in the New York Times for his work in pro and NCAA Division 1 sports and was a non-partisan columnist for Reuters during the 2016 presidential race. Nowadays he hosts the podcast "Dan Hill's EQ Spotlight," which appears on the New Books Network (NBN), the world's largest book review platform with over 1.7 million downloads monthly. Dan was educated at St. Olaf College, Oxford University, Brown University, and Rutgers University.
Howard Moskowitz is a legendary product market researcher, experiential psychologist, and inventor of world-class market research technologies used by virtually every company that matters. Howard earned his PhD in experimental psychology from Harvard University. In 2004, he was the subject of a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, "The Ketchup Conundrum," which became the basis for Gladwell's TED talk entitled "Choice, Happiness, and Spaghetti Sauce." In 2014, Howard founded Mind Genomics Associates to investigate how people think about aspects of their daily lives. In addition to over 400 scientific articles about the minds of consumers, Howard has written/edited 28 books, a roster that features the very popular book Selling Blue Elephants.
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Grand Prize: Signed copy of Blah, Blah, Blah: A Snarky Guide to Office Lingo + a copy also of my other recent book Famous Faces Decoded: A Guidebook for Reading Others .(one winner)
Runner-Up Prize: a signed copy of Blah, Blah, Blah (one winner) (USA only) (ends Oct 19)
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