Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know
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Contrary to popular belief, the business world is not that complicated. While every industry and every profession requires specific expertise, the truth is that the "business of business" is relatively simple.
For the past seven years, Geoffrey James has written a daily blog that's become one of the most popular business-focused destinations on the web. In BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T, readers will learn surprising but tried-and-true secrets about being an extraordinary boss, about coping with annoying coworkers, and navigating the thorny problems that recur in every workplace.
TIPS FROM BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T:
Long work hours mean less work gets done.
Multiple studies reveal that working 60 rather than 40 hours a week makes you slightly more productive but only for a little while. After about three weeks, people get burned out, get sick and go absent, and start making avoidable errors.
What every boss wants from you.
From your boss's perspective your real job is to make the boss successful. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Why your resume is your enemy.
Only write a resume after you're talking to people inside the hiring firm. Then, customize it to match what you've discovered that they really what.
what you were going to say. 6. READ THE ROOM, THEN CONTRIBUTE. Novice meeting attendees either blurt out their ideas and opinions at the first break in the conversation or delay saying something until after the meeting has moved on to another topic. Experienced meeting attendees know that the trick to contributing to a meeting (and looking good in the process) is to make your remarks toward the end of that part of the discussion. When you express your own view or add your contribution, speak
another job (see “Secret 22. How to Achieve Career Security”). That being said, sometimes you need a quick action plan to overcome problems or set your career back on track. This part of the book covers the seven most crucial ones: “What to Do If You Hate Your Job” provides a step-by-step process that lets you make certain your negative emotions don’t get in the way of either enjoying what you can about your current job or finding a job that suits you better. “What to Do If You’ve Screwed Up”
better spent finding a job that suits you better. That’s why so many people who hate their jobs never seem to do anything about it. Second, hating your current job makes it more likely that, if you leave, you’ll end up in a job that you hate just as much, because when you leave, you’ll be taking your emotions with you. As you interview for another job, your hate (and consequent desperation) will cling to you, and your potential future employer will probably sense that something is off. For
doesn’t mean you don’t need to make amends, but the situation may be less dire than you assume. Furthermore, ten years from now—heck, probably ten days from now—people will have probably forgotten all about your mistake. For example, I once had a conversation with a boss of mine in which I later felt I’d been completely unreasonable, putting pressure on him and making him look bad right when he was struggling to keep his own job, which he soon lost. I felt terrible about that conversation for
This productivity tax will continue for about two years, after which everybody will gradually awaken, as if from a bad dream, put away their funny little belts, and pretend that Six Sigma never happened. So your best bet is simply to wait it out. 2. REENGINEERING Reengineering is one of half a dozen euphemisms that executives use when they’re planning to fire a bunch of people. (Some others are downsizing, rightsizing, creative destruction, rationalizing, and ventilating.) Executives use these