Works Well with Others: An Outsider's Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No One Ever Teaches You

Works Well with Others: An Outsider's Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No One Ever Teaches You

Esquire editor and Entrepreneur etiquette columnist Ross McCammon delivers a funny and authoritative guide that provides the advice you really need to be confident and authentic at work, even when you have no idea what?s going on.   Ten years ago, before he got a job at Esquire magazine and way before he became the etiquette columnist at Entrepreneur magazine, Ross McCammon Esquire editor and Entrepreneur etiquette columnist Ross McCammon delivers a funny and authoritative guide that pr...

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Title:Works Well with Others: An Outsider's Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No One Ever Teaches You
Author:Ross McCammon
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Genres:Self Help
ISBN:052595502X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:263 pages pages

Works Well with Others: An Outsider's Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No One Ever Teaches You Reviews

  • Melissa
    May 20, 2016
    Some career advice gems: --Jobs aren't to be gotten; jobs are to be matched to. --Being late is about a ton of little decisions you make on the way to being late. --Be cool when someone is crying at work; speak as if there is no crying. --Never kill them with kindness; underhanded ...
  • Andy
    Nov 09, 2015
    I found this eminently useful. Wish I had read it years ago when I started managing in a dept outside my specialty. It's casual but frank. ...
  • Daniel
    Aug 01, 2017
    This was my first audio book. Taken out of the local library. Interesting way to read books. I'll be doing it again. What I remember. Lots of people have imposter syndrome. How to interview people. Ask them about what is important to them. Models and what they do. Rihanna and detai...
  • Martin
    May 01, 2015
    Comments based on advanced copy - Thanks Dutton/Penguin/Random. This is an exceptional business etiquette book. I wish I had this when I moved to the private sector from the not-for-profit world 27 years ago. This very readable book uses humor to deliver sound practical advice. My only...
  • Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
    Apr 18, 2017
    Putting this down. I read several sections that pertained to me and it's very "white man in corporate New York" rather than being helpful or applicable to many people in many environments. Going to look for another book on this topic instead. ...
  • Summer
    Oct 16, 2015
    "Facts x opinions - about how much salary everyone in the room probably makes - bullshit + knowledge of a good Thai place around here / you = The Score" Finally a business book that really tells it like it is. I was skeptical that a white dude could write a book about being an ...
  • Katra
    Jan 06, 2016
    It's not often I read a business book and laugh out loud. Everyone in the break room is very puzzled. I hope that they're puzzled enough to take a peek. It's mirthfully good advice. ...
  • Crysta
    Apr 03, 2017
    This book was trying to straddle humor and useful content and for me it fell short in both categories. Good for you, bro, you got to proofread body paint on a nude model and then tricked us all into reading it. And now that you've told me to shake hands firmly I'll do it even though I ...
  • Rob
    Feb 12, 2016
    Caveat lector This book is entertaining but anecdotal. If you want to rationalize drinking at work or using profanity or working in New York then this is probably a book for you. For the rest of us in "fly over country" this book will make you glad to be where you are. ...
  • Amanda [Novel Addiction]
    Jan 05, 2016
    I actually really liked this. I keep trying to read business-type books, maybe to make me feel more like an adult, but they are usually boring and full of information that I will never use. Sure, this book still has that - there's tons of stuff in here that will never matter in my busi...
  • James
    Jun 27, 2015
    I...can't stand the way this guy writes ? it's so cheesy. A lot of this might apply if you work at the type of job in New York where people are overly concerned about how you dress or what you order at a restaurant...but most of this just seems either blatantly obvious (it's okay...
  • Jenn
    Mar 27, 2017
    If I keep this up, I'm going to have to start a "self-help" shelf on my Goodreads page. This was decent. It's a quick read. Probably the most useful thing I picked up, and I'm actually eager to try this, is to ask an asshole/underminer/problem case "Why would you do that?" It's a n...
  • Lisa Creane
    May 24, 2016
    My favorite chapter was 12 ("How to Shut up"), which I think is perfect. I bookmarked it and showed it to everyone I saw while the book was in the living room. This is how to talk in a meeting. Shh. Shh. Speak. Shh. In the best humor books there's always good advice for not...
  • Teena in Toronto
    Jul 25, 2018
    Ross McCammon is an editor at GQ magazine and the business etiquette columnist at Entrepreneur magazine. When he wrote this book, he was a senior editor at Esquire magazine (from 2005 to 2016), where he was responsible for the magazine?s coverage of pop culture, drinking, cars and et...
  • Emily
    Aug 18, 2019
    This was...ok. It's mostly a bunch of light anecdotes of the author's experiences in the big-city publishing world, and unless you're planning to navigate the complexities of drinking at a work function, the advice pretty much boils down to: smile, shake hands, make eye contact, use pe...
  • Katie Bruell
    Oct 10, 2015
    This book was really dumb. I hate books for men which tell them to have some self doubt. No duh! Try being a woman for a week! And, I don't need to know how to pick a bar for my after-dinner drink. It should be called crucial skills for young, male jerks in New York City business. ...
  • Roger Smitter
    May 23, 2017
    Author Ross McCammon opens his advice about careers with the story of how Esquire Magazine hired him when he was happily working as an editor for the Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine. An Esquire editor is on a Southwest Airlines plane. He does what all of us do. He glances thr...
  • Renee Dougherty
    Mar 01, 2017
    This may be the best business book I've ever read. Dead funny, but also full of really simple and excellent advice for those new to the workplace. It summarizes all of those social skills that make any office environment better and more productive. All of those things that some people ...
  • Mander Pander
    Aug 13, 2017
    I saw a handful of negative reviews and I think they were a bit hard handed--business books can be pretty dry, and this one was actually pretty witty. The biggest rock it drags around and never really seems to unlock itself from is being "terminally hip." You know, like the resident Co...
  • Trisha
    Nov 21, 2017
    I'm not the type of person to read these types of books normally, but a friend recommended I read it (and then handed it to me). I thouroughly enjoyed reading this! Most of the things in this book don't apply to me bevause I don't work for a higher class corporation. I work at ...
  • Karen
    Feb 11, 2017
    I listened to the audiobook, which is short and sweet (and perfect for x2 speed). The reader picked up all of the funny asides from the author and so it was entertaining overall, but at times it was distracting and I couldn't tell if he was being serious or joking. (I assumed 'joking' ...
  • Robert
    Jul 14, 2017
    Fun and deceptively light. I wish I had read 20 years ago ? some of the techniques would've been very useful at work. I hope to use some of them in the future. ...
  • Lisa
    Aug 04, 2019
    I really enjoyed this very humorous, tongue-in-cheek business guide. Short topical chapters. Besides being funny it actually is helpful. ...
  • Bibliovoracious
    Jan 11, 2019
    Apparently Esquire is in the business of churning out authors with the same brand of humour. Maybe because I've read too much of A.J. Jacobs (whom I initially loved but 3 books later am totally over), I am not amused any more. So someone else might think this hilarious, but I just don'...
  • Jenna
    Dec 19, 2018
    I did it on audio & enjoyed it. Tom Taylorson is the voice actor who did a good job narrating. Funny. Some good tips. Anecdotes are easily relatable. I would recommend this if you just want something quick & funny to listen to. If you?ve recently doing a job searc...
  • Muaz Al Halabi
    Dec 05, 2017
    ?Works well with others? by Ross McCammon does actually work with others.  It is simply a funny and interesting book that gives some general life tips and business perspective on the ?Do?s & Dont?s?.  What is actually nice about that, is the fact that people see it ...
  • Sally Farley
    Mar 12, 2018
    This was a fun read. The author, who has a well-established career editing for men's publications, injects self-deprecating humor into his advice. Advice that may or may not be applicable to each reader. He provides general business etiquette which can be generally applied to many ever...
  • Deb Lockwood
    Nov 26, 2018
    This book was really enjoyable. The author handled the subject matter truthfully, frankly, and with a well-honed sense of humor. He is witty, irreverent, and utterly entertaining. His ?what not to do? chapters were especially funny. Even though the author looks at things from a...
  • Josh
    Feb 13, 2019
    This is a good book for a entry level understanding of social interaction and networking. Ross uses a very inviting prose which allows readers to not feel intimidated in a subject they already are intimidated by. Ross uses lots of satire and contemporary references to relate to audienc...
  • Callme3etty
    May 23, 2019
    Great book to read prior to an interview. Not all fo the advice will apply to you, it depends on your industry but, there are great foundational tid bits for those who have no idea where to start. McCammon gives advice on etiquette in professional settings through anecdotes about his p...