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It’s a playful, but still helpful, look at how to handle the politics of work. And then there are those who are already stationed, pouring their second cup of coffee, always at 8: Humorous yet wise, irreverent yet marvelously practical, this book will help you learn Why “just being yourself” is a terrible idea.
I was transferred to another agent, in a move that I now realize was intended to punish her poor performance – give her the worst assistant so she knows she’s on thin ice – and then ultimately “laid off” to punish her further.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone in their entry-level employment days who feels like they are going crazy trying to figure out what the hell is going on at work. The authors include everyone from Dale Carnegie to Emily Post to Helen Gurley Brown, including some bizarre and fascinating obscure characters; most chapters focus o I don’t hate work.
Read more Read less. This was a nice compendium of information from the last years of guides on how to be successful at work, framed in a modern perspective. Hardest read in recent memory. The right and wrong ways to talk trash about yourself. Sure, I mean benefit financially from global capitalism, but I would maintain my purity by doing a really mediocre job.
How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work
Her chatty, having-cocktails tone makes me imagine that this would be a great book for, say, the dreamy art student who feels his soul being crushed as he enters his own cubicle for the very first time; practical, but with a conspiratorial “we both know this sucks, but trust me, you’re going to want to know this” slant. Learn tp about Amazon Prime.
It’s not a roadmap, but a collection of advice and anecdotes to help people learn from others’ experiences so they can get what they want out of a job faster than if they’d fo to make all the mistakes themselves. And she has even included extensive notes and an annotated bibliography Being useful to someone else is not about letting them see how sassy or smart your are it’s about doing what they want when they want it.
Then she culls the best advice from a century’s worth of success literature the books you’d be too embarrassed to read yourself to show how work and even the idea of professional climbing can be artfully reimagined. I guess the impression it made on me was that it was in the genre that reads a bit like a term paper.
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We’ll call him Bert. Max Welcome to the Working Week 3: Encourages importance of low level work errands, etc although this worries me a bit from a feminist perspective – she is writing to both men and women. There are brilliant exceptions, but The early scenes of Carrie wandering the streets of turn-of-the-century Chicago, fresh off the train, looking for work, are the stuff of perfect costume drama. There aren’t a whole lot of lessons to be learned, but it is good to reinforce the things we should all remember.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As it has been for many, my first brush with Hollywood was humbling. It’s too A great quick overview of the important career advice books from the last century.
Welcome to the Working Week: There’s a lot of career advice out there. I found this book to be just okay– but added a star back for its utility it saves me negan trouble of reading a ton of “success literature” by summing up some main points.
How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work by Megan Hustad
What I found was a wealth of information about the mind-set of the twenty-somethings. English Choose a language for shopping. Basically, this is a great book for people who hate the self help genre as it pokes fun at itself while still being helpful, but if you’ve actually read anything on careers and professional development, then all the advice is probably redundant.
If they did notice, your callow brilliance probably worked their nerves. In all cases, Hustad has the ability to interpret the author’s sometimes century-old ideas for us 21st-century workers with humor and the genuine frankness of a good mentor.
The author is well-read and a gifted writer; I enjoyed reading it– I just wish I could send it to my year-old self. The tone of this book makes the advice go down so much easier. The book follows, in chronological order from the 19th century on, a series of self-help books that Hustad deems relevant to success in work.
The advice is good; if you’re looking for a he book on how to become more successful in the workplace, especially if your first real job has disillusioned you a too bit as mine hasyou could do worse.
I’m from the generation of managers before your What was your first job? That was big clue Nos. Time to put aside your objections to blatant cries hstad help. Got a lot out of this book and can see me rereading it again some day. With some luck, these neophytes might meet with someone like Megan Hustad. My favorite bits are on why you shouldn’t be “nice” or snarky.