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"We wanted people that were well rounded and could have fun with others." Umm, that's a far cry from simply don't be a jerk. This is something I struggle with; at my last job I felt really out of place in terms of my hobbies and interests. I tended to eat healthier (home-made lunches, salads vs. the local pub); I didn't go to happy hour. In a shared-work context I think I could have fun with others, though not when the fun was a kind of snark. I came from a more PC environment; that seems like a problem, that was de-energizes one person is just harmless teasing to another. Does that make it a jerk-infested workplace, or does that make me hard to manage?


It'll sell a million copies just on title. See you on "Oprah". I'd just hate to have to handle the paper used during the litmus test of determining who is and who isn't. We might be @ 50/50.


Bob - great post, thanks for sharing it with us and thanks to Boris for what had to be a long, hard pull on an intuitively appealing but hard to sell notion. A story there I'll bet. Speaking of which the no-A rule is intuitive because it's widespread experience but to have hard data begin to accumulate changes it into a business case argument. Judging by the responses to the book and to this site you've hit a sweetspot indeed. The question that then needs to be asked, and a lot of us need to ask it, is what then ? How can we implment it ? And get it pushed thru, supported and sustained ?

Dave Livingston

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