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Title:
Dilbert and the way of the weasel
Author:
Adams, Scott, 1957-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780060518059

9780060521493
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Book

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Summary

Back after a four-year hiatus, New York Times best-selling author Scott Adams presents an outrageous look at work, home, and everyday life in his new book, Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel. Building on Dilbert's theory that "All people are idiots," Adams now says, "All people are idiots. And they are also weasels." Just ask anyone who worked at Enron.

In this book, Adams takes a look into the Weasel Zone, the giant grey area between good moral behaviour and outright felonious activities. In the Weasel Zone, where most people reside, everything is misleading, but not exactly a lie. Building on his popular comic strip, Adams looks into work, home, and everyday life and exposes the way of the weasel for everyone to see. With appearances from all the regular comic strip characters, Adams and Dilbert are at the top of their game--master satirists who expose the truth while making us laugh our heads off.


Author Notes

Scott Adams, Cartoonist Scott Adams was born and raised in Windham, New York in the Catskill Mountains. He received a B.A. in economics from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a certified hypnotist.

Adams worked in a bank for eight years and, while a bank teller, was robbed twice at gunpoint. He also worked for Pacific Bell for nine years and describes both jobs as "humiliating and low paying jobs." It was during this time, that Adams created the character Dilbert. He was entertaining himself during meetings by drawing insulting cartoons of his co-workers and bosses. In 1988, he mailed some sample comic strips featuring Dilbert to some major cartoon syndicates. He was offered a contract and Dilbert was launched in approximately fifty papers in 1989.

Adams began working on Dilbert full time as well as speaking, writing, doing interviews, and designing artwork for licensed products. Dilbert is published in over 1,200 newspapers and has a hard cover business book called "The Dilbert Principle."

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Adams, creator of the popular comic strip Dilbert, continues the satirical look at office life that he began with The Dilbert Principle (1996). Being a weasel encompasses everything that we hate about our coworkers as well as all the sneaky, time-wasting activities that we ourselves engage in just to avoid doing actual work. Here's his take on getting ahead by sucking up to the boss: "The great thing about being a sycophant is there's no deception going on. You know you're a weasel, your boss knows you're a weasel, and your coworkers know you're a weasel. Yet the method still works like a charm." The book is filled with lots of to-the-point Dilbert strips with appearances from all the regular characters, and (supposed) actual e-mails from readers about the absurd things that go on in the workplace. This book is best left on your desk to read in snippets for comic relief from the inane culture of office life. For more Dilbert hilarity, and to correspond with Adams, visit Dilbert.com. --David Siegfried


Publisher's Weekly Review

Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip and author of The Dilbert Principle and other huge sellers, now shares his sentiments on the office colleague everyone loves to hate: the weasel. This crafty character is the co-worker who stabs colleagues in the back and manages to get ahead without lifting a finger. As one cartoon illustrates, the weasel is the guy who tells poor Dilbert, "I'm Bucky, the project manager. Your assignment is painfully difficult and probably unnecessary. If you need me, I'll be complaining about you to your boss." Being a weasel isn't all bad, though; Adams observes that weasels often have successful careers without ever doing much work. There are several ways to accomplish this, one being, "For every task you plan to do, it's a good idea to have sixty tasks that you've promised to do later if you ever find the time. This gives everyone the impression that you are valiantly battling an avalanche of work and fighting against long odds to make the company successful. Or they might think you're a worthless, inefficient weasel. Either way, the pay is exactly the same and it cuts down on your workload." In short chapters, Adams discusses a variety of weasel behaviors, including leaving incorrect phone numbers to confuse callers, mastering the art of whining, and communicating effectively (which is "to say as much as possible without saying anything"). Sprinkled with Dilbert cartoons throughout, the book will strike a chord among the countless cubicle-dwellers to whom the weasel is all too familiar. 50 cartoons. (Nov.) Forecast: Given Adams's track record, along with a 25-city radio tour, a 15-city NPR campaign, a TV satellite tour and national advertising, this one is likely to take off quickly, especially among those disillusioned or just plain fed up with corporate America. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Avoiding Work the Weasel Wayp. 9
2 Entertaining Yourself at Workp. 35
3 Getting Your Way at Workp. 39
4 Headcount Weaselsp. 75
5 Motivating Like a Weaselp. 90
6 Manager Weaselsp. 109
7 Negotiating Like a Weaselp. 142
8 Weaseliest Professionsp. 159
9 Financial Weaselsp. 172
10 Airline Weaselsp. 181
11 Marketing Weaselsp. 187
12 Sales Weaselsp. 198
13 CEO Weaselsp. 206
14 Social Weaselingp. 215
15 Nature Loversp. 230
16 Weasel Debating Techniquesp. 234
17 Whining Like a Weaselp. 241
18 Weasels Are from Venusp. 248
19 Weasel Productsp. 257
20 Weasel Typesp. 263
21 Weasel Fairness and Justicep. 272
22 Miscellaneous Weaselsp. 282
23 Philosophy of Weaselsp. 313
24 The Weasel Mindp. 322
25 The Sign of the Weaselp. 337
26 Weasel Abusep. 340
27 Final Thoughts on Weaselsp. 345