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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Conniff Narrator: Don Leslie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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You’re ambitious and want to get ahead, but what’s the best way to do it? Become the biggest, baddest predator? The proverbial 800-pound gorilla? Or does nature teach you to be more subtle and sophisticated?

Richard Conniff, the acclaimed author of The Natural History of the Rich, has survived savage beasts in the workplace jungle, where he hooted and preened in the corner office as a publishing executive. He’s also spent time studying how animals operate in the real jungles of the Amazon and the African bush. 

The Ape in the Corner Office connects with the day-to-day of the workplace because it helps explain what people are really concerned about—how come he got the wing chair with the gold trim? How can I survive as that big ape’s subordinate without becoming a spineless yes-man? Why does being a lone wolf mean being a loser? And, yes, why is it that jerks seem to prosper—at least in the short run?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paula | 12/26/2012

    " This book far exceeded my expectations. Well-researched and argued, The Ape in the Corner Office explains office practices and politics that otherwise go unquestioned. Very informative and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frank Quebbemann | 8/30/2010

    " Learned a lot about how this works at work. I see colleagues with new eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cris | 8/9/2010

    " Write a second book on this subject please! This was so fun and enlightening. Compares our behavior in work settings to dynamics from the animal world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cris | 6/9/2008

    " Write a second book on this subject please! This was so fun and enlightening. Compares our behavior in work settings to dynamics from the animal world. "

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