In the bestselling
tradition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, a gently curmudgeonly but invaluable
guide to the dos and don’ts of the workplace
Bestselling social historian Charles Murray has written a
delightfully 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 that most older, more senior
people 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. And in most cases, if you want to
advance in your career, it is their approval you need to win.
In the course of this pithy and powerful book, Murray tells
us the proper etiquette for email, how to stop using such overused and fuzzy
phrases as “reaching out” and “sharing,” his thoughts on piercings and tattoos
and proper dress, the importance of rigor in language and good writing, why
being judgmental is good, and other curmudgeonly pieces of wisdom and advice.
He suggests how to stand out at work (work long hours when you are young and
unencumbered by family and other obligations), when to use strong language and
when to avoid it, and offers a bare-bones usage primer on how to avoid
confusing words like “advice” and “advise,” which look or sound similar but
have distinct meanings.
Written with both verve and reserve and drawing on the core
values that have historically made good manners the best lubricant to social
and professional advancement, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead is an invaluable
resource for anyone hoping to land the job of their dreams—or get ahead in
their career of choice. Download and start listening now!