My father always told me to avoid assholes at all costs, no matter how rich or powerful they might be, because I would catch their nastiness and impose it on others. I worked in an academic department at Stanford where we openly talked about the no asshole rule and used it in hiring decisions. I had published other articles in HBR , longer and more well-researched ones, but nothing had provoked such a strong response. The first example was the most common, and it reflected the pain that people feel when they are treated terribly, whether they are models, engineers, or CEOs who feel abused by their boards. And when I have done such damage to people indeed, all of us are capable of being assholes some of the time , that is what I call myself.
Robert Sutton on "The No Asshole Rule"
Robert Sutton on "The No Asshole Rule" | To The Best Of Our Knowledge
The No Asshole Rule
But scant attention is devoted to a problem that plagues every workplace: Assholes. Sutton then uses in-depth research and analysis to show how managers can eliminate mean-spirited and unproductive behavior while positively channeling some of the virtues of assholes to generate an asshole free-and newly productive-workplace. By Robert I.
From the bestselling expert: an entertaining and evidence-based guide to dealing with horrible people. Being around assholes, whether at work or elsewhere, can damage performance and affect wellbeing: having one asshole in a team has been shown to reduce performance by 30 to 40 percent, and research shows that rudeness spreads like a common cold. In The Asshole Survival Guide, Stanford professor Robert Sutton offers practical advice on identifying and tackling any kind of asshole - based on research into groups from uncivil civil servants to French bus drivers, and 8, emails that he has received on asshole behaviour. With expertise and humour, he provides a cogent and methodical game-plan to fight back. First, he sets out the asshole audit, to find out what kind of asshole needs dealing with, and asshole detection strategies.