Correspondng with the release of Bob Sutton’s new book, WaPo presents “A field guide to jerks at work.”
Ten years ago, the typically sober and staid management book genre welcomed an off-color title to its shelves. Despite a name unable to be printed in a family newspaper, Stanford professor Robert Sutton’s “The No A–hole Rule” became a runaway bestseller, selling 800,000 copies and sparking translations into languages including Polish and Japanese.
It was based on a simple idea, brought to life by crude language but grounded in academic research, corporate case studies and an entirely relatable idea: Companies that adopt a no-jerks policy simply perform better.
But if that book was largely written for managers and human resources wonks as a warning against hiring creeps, Sutton’s newest one is for the rest of us who actually have to deal with them. Over the past decade, Sutton says, he’s gotten emails — 8,000, he estimates — asking for advice about coping with jerks on the job.[WashingtonPost.com]