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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A "fussy--and entertaining--book on the hidden rules of the road in the workplace, and in life, from the standpoint of an admonishing but encouraging workplace grouch and taskmaster. Why the curmudgeon? The fact is, most older, more senior people over us in the workplace are closet curmudgeons. In today's politically correct world, they may hide their displeasure over your misuse of grammar, or your overly familiar use of their first name without an express invitation. But don't be fooled by their pleasant demeanor. Underneath, they are judging and evaluating your every move and utterance"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Business, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780804141444
Branch Call Number: 650.141 MUR
Characteristics: 144 p. ; 19 cm.


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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.

Aug 02, 2014

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

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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