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Adam's Dilbert Principle

Humor book by Dilbert comic author Scott Adams

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Another Example of "It's Funny Because It's True"

  • Aug 18, 2008
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When I "sold out" from working at a small business of a dozen people -- a place where we were told they would not purchase pens because we could get those for free at events around town -- to begin working for a true corporation, a friend loaned me "The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions."

When I was a few weeks into the job and a few chapters into the book, I had to stop reading it in public places because I would laugh out loud.

If you like the Dilbert comic strip, you may find this even funnier. It's not a collection of the comic strips, although it does have some strips in it. It's even better because the author is freed from the limitations of the comic strip to just be funny.

The book is conversational and sympathetic to those of us in corporate environments.

I recommend reading this book yourself and giving it to:
1. Anyone who enjoys Dilbert and literacy
2. An acquaintance who is always telling stories about workplace politics and things that don't make sense.
3. A friend who recently entered the corporate world.
4. Anyone who has been in the corporate world so long that they've lost their sense of humor about it.
5. Anyone without a sense of humor who needs something thick to kill spiders with.

It's more laughs per dollar than a whoopie cushion.
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April 30, 2009
Dilbert is one of a kind! Can't help but love the guy! :-)
January 11, 2009
This reminded me, did you know that there's a Dilbert cartoon? Check it out: http://www.hulu.com/dilbert
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review by . July 02, 2010
Scott Adams really has outdone himself with The Dilbert Principle. Many people in the corporate workplace know and love the Dilbert comic strip for its funny insights about life in a cubicle.       This book goes beyond that and examines many different elements from the workplace and puts a humorous spin on them. However, no matter how funny each of the observations are, they all have an element of truth to them. Yes, it seems like most incompetent workers are promoted …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Hilarious! Do you really want to know the reality behind a nice suit and or an organized desk? There`s no shortcut better than this to have a good basic comprehension about work,enterprises and professionalism.
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The Dilbert Principle refers to a 1990s satirical observation by Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams stating that companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management (generally middle management), in order to limit the amount of damage they're capable of doing. In the Dilbert strip of February 5, 1995 Dogbert says that “leadership is nature's way of removing morons from the productive flow.”

Adams explained the principle in a 1995 Wall Street Journal article. Adams then expanded his study of the Dilbert Principle in a satirical 1996 book of the same name, which is required or recommended reading at some management and business programs. In the book, Adams writes that, in terms of effectiveness, use of the Dilbert Principle is akin to a band of gorillas choosing an alpha-squirrel to lead them. The book has sold more than a million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list for 43 weeks.

Although academics may reject the principle's veracity, noting that it is at odds with traditional human resources management techniques, it originated as a form of satire that addressed a much-discussed issue in the business world.

The Dilbert Principle is a variation of the Peter Principle. The Peter Principle addresses the practice of hierarchical organizations (such as corporations and government agencies) to use promotions as a way to obtain greater advantage from employees who demonstrate competence in their current position. It goes on ...

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ISBN-10: 0887308589 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780887308581 (pbk.)
Author: Scott Adams
Genre: Management, Workplace, Dilbert, Business, Business & Professional, Essays, Business Humor
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Date Published: April 24, 1997
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