The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead

The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead

Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living A Good Life

Book - 2014
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For those starting out in their careers--and those who wish to advance more quickly--this is a delightfully fussy guide to the hidden rules of the road in the workplace and in life.
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As bestselling author and social historian Charles Murray explains, at senior levels of an organization there are curmudgeons everywhere, judging your every move. Yet it is their good opinion you need to win if you hope to get ahead.
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Among the curmudgeon's day-to-day tips for the workplace:
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* Excise the word "like" from your spoken English
* Don't suck up
* Stop "reaching out" and "sharing"
* Rid yourself of piercings, tattoos, and weird hair colors
* Make strong language count
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His larger career advice includes:
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* What to do if you have a bad boss
* Coming to grips with the difference between being nice and being good
* How to write when you don't know what to say
* Being judgmental (it's good, and you don't have a choice anyway)

And on the great topics of life, the curmudgeon urges us to leave home no matter what, get real jobs (not internships), put ourselves in scary situations, and watch Groundhog Day repeatedly (he'll explain).
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Witty, wise, and pulling no punches, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead is an indispensable sourcebook for living an adult life.
Publisher: New York : Crown Business, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780804141444
0804141444
Characteristics: 144 p. ; 19 cm.

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TheeAvebury
Jun 02, 2017

This is actually a very handy book filled with useful tips for twentysomethings- if you read it with an open mind you'll find yourself ahead by a mile in the workplace environment. There are also a lot of thirty and fortysomethings who could benefit from the insights in this book.
It's a short, concise read.

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tj_is_cool
Aug 02, 2014

Interesting little book that covers a wide rang of topics. Elements of style by William Strunk.

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danielestes
Jun 17, 2014

Honestly, I was expecting something more profound from the revered Charles Murray. The Curmudgeon's Guide is okay—more than okay if you're a level-headed twenty-something with a sense of adventure and gracious enough to heed advice from someone who's been there done that, albeit nearly a half century ago. It's a guide every bit as curmudgeon-y as it is wise.

This is the umpteenth how-to/self-help book I've read, and although I dearly love the genre I now wonder how much of it is superfluous. A resourceful individual doesn't succeed by following advice, but instead by building a framework of living, pieced together from experience. And yes, learning from others is a form of experience. All I'm saying is that the more likely you are to benefit from self-help books, the less likely you are to need them.

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