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  • I Hate People! by Jonathan Littman & Marc Hershon is published by the good folks at Little, Brown in New York. The elements we've started blogging about here and a whole lot more can be found between the covers.

    Click on the Amazon link to buy or, if you want a taste, click over to Barnes & Noble and check out Chapter One for FREE!!!


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    TOPIC: The I Hate People! Insight Roundup: Ten People You Don't Want To Be

What Reviewers Are Saying

  • "In a wry, counterintuitive twist on the workplace self-help book, the authors propose to help the reader expertly identify and neutralize the 'corporate oafs' who block the path to career satisfaction and creative independence. The rejected culture of phony niceness, Littman and Hershon claim, has led the business world astray -- and only the path of 'people hating' can get things back on track."
  • "I Hate People! is a bracing antidote to the management bromide that "there is no 'i' in 'team.' True enough, Messrs. Hershon and Littman would say -- but if you move things around a bit, there is a 'me.'"
  • "It is both a self-help manual for people hoping to not only keep their jobs during the recession, but also possibly advance, as well as a taxonomy of office workers for managers, to help them make better staffing and team-building decisions. But it also is about innovation."
  • "This is the rare book that is clever and funny -- as you laugh along with Jonathan and Marc, you realize that their analysis and solutions are actually deeper and more useful than the piles of management books out there that take themselves far more seriously..."
  • "I must say that I have just finished reading the best corporate business book in my life."
  • "Amusing and filled with entertaining examples of antisocial geeks who made good..."

Audio Hate Takes

  • Radio Shows & Podcasts
    Here is the most recent appearance by Jonathan and Marc, talking about I Hate People!
  • Jon & Marc on NPR's TechNation with Moira Gunn

    Want to hear more? You can check out some of their other appearance by clicking over to the Audio Hate Takes page

  • And if you'd prefer to listen to I Hate People! rather than read it, download the Gildan Media audiobook edition, which is available for download from Audible.com.

    We even team up as your readers in this offering! Here's a sample from the audiobook...

    During the recording sessions we did for the audiobook edition of I Hate People!, we had a couple of funny outtakes that came up that we thought we'd share. Take a listen...

  • Outtake #1
  • Outtake #2

Tell Us Your Stories!

  • Got someone who gets your goat? It can be a co-worker, a boss, an employee or maybe a person on your commute that makes your blood boil and want to shout "I hate people!" Whatever your story, we'd like to read it and, if it's truly hate-worthy, we'll post it up here on the front page AND send you a free copy of "I Hate People!"

Know-It-None, Professional Edition

  • I call her the “Teflon Cell Tower”. Every day, she runs hither and yon, like a baby elephant, each meeting more critical than the next. Whatever goes in her ears at one meeting is transmitted out of her mouth at the next, regardless of it’s relationship to the subject matter. Sadly, nothing actually sticks in her brain. Or to her hands, for that matter.

    Consequently, her colleagues are tortured by the endless reiteration of known truths and obvious facts sprinkled with trite consulting buzzwords and business-speak. For her, they are profound thoughts for pressing issues. They may have been someone else's thoughts long ago,but that has no bearing here.

    If her established patter is derailed by a question or a comment, the verbal tap dancing can last for 20 minutes or more until she restores the correct broadcast frequency.

    Given what I have witnessed in the last 15 years, her future is secure – she does no real work, has no real expertise and agrees with everything.

    TCT is no longer my problem. After a long, distinguished career, I had enough FU money to liberate myself when this re-assignment was announced. I love being free from the people I hate, but I do miss hating them on a daily face-to-face basis.

    — FreeAtLast

Hate Bites

  • "I Hate People! has a lot to teach you about office life, so if you hate your job, need help producing better work in a crappy environment or just genuinely hate people, then this book is for you. In fact, I’m going to read it again. Why? Because I hate people that much."
    Paigel
  • "Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon have created a masterpiece of office human relations."
    Carpe Factum
  • "Carol over at Carol’s Notebook has a copy of I Hate People. This awesomely titled book was written by Marc Hershon and Jonathan Littman, and it’ll teach you how to be …. me."

    West of Mars blog

  • "I wanted you to know it is one of the best promotional packages I've ever received. I spent 20 years in the music business, including running Disney's Hollywood Records, and over the years put together thousands of promo packages with the goal of making them stand out. The "I Hate People" package puts pretty much everything I've done to shame. Outstanding!"

    Reviewer (name withheld)

  • "Your book on hating people is hilarious; I had no idea I'd inspired you so much, so negatively."

    — Internet Executive

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    Marc Hershon

    Check out some real world workplace horror stories as collected by Inc.com, the online side of Inc. magazine! Such as the boss who used company expenses to get a bulletproof vest and handgun to protect himself after firing half his employees, and the business developers who didn't realize until they showed up for their sales call that Naked City, their potential client, was an office building full of nudists.

    http://www.inc.com/multimedia/slideshows/content/horrorstories_pagen_1.html

    Marsha B.

    Why do people always focus on things that aren't their concern? I work in HR at a computer company. The latter isn't important. But I have people who come into my office asking about their fellow employees as if I was their BFF. I just want to scream,'Hello, I'm HR, you idiot!' I HATE PEOPLE!

    K.B.

    I've always worked for great bosses ... until last October. My new boss pursued me with gusto, wooing me with promises of more money, better hours and a "familial" work environment (He didn't lie about that part. He does remind me of my mother -- you know, the one who asks you, "Are you going to wear that?" with an acid tongue and a stupid smile).
    He's a micromanager, yes. Phony, too. But the topper is he does illegal crap and gets away with it.
    A few weeks back I asked for an afternoon off. He said yes, but with the tone you might use when finally giving in to your 3-year-old''s demands for candy. So of course I stayed at work.
    The next day he called me into what I like to call the "You Know You're in Trouble when (insert name here) 'Invites' You in Here" room. He told me that since I am a single mother, I should use my vacation time more wisely (illegal). "Familial," my single mother, no vacation time ass.

    Snooped

    I HATE PEOPLE WHO LOOK THROUGH YOUR STUFF FOR NO REASON. AND THEN THEY USE IT AGAINST YOU. MY SISTER'S BOYFRIEND AND HIS FRIENDS LOOK THROUGH MY PERSONAL AND PRIVATE STUFF AND THEY ALSO TEASE ME ABOUT IT. THEY LAUGH AT ME, AND I JUST WANT TO SAY TO THEIR FACE THAT ITS NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS!

    Knatknits

    I went through the ten least wanted and I didn’t see the passive aggressive MBA, CAE that cannot read a financial statement, won’t talk to you face to face or make eye contact, only sends cryptic emails with requests for information needed within 24 hours 15 minutes before you leave for the day, Eyeore, who can’t travel alone, employs their grown children when temps are needed for projects, can’t see the bigger picture for the minutia, sits with their head down/arms or legs crossed in staff meetings who spends their day peppering their direct report with: “Did you do this? Did you do that? Make sure you... Don’t forget to… You should… Before you leave…Copy me… Call them…” oh and how could I forget the periodic crying and walking around barefoot.

    No I am not in an insane asylum even though sometimes I feel like I should be pushing a cart dispensing meds.

    hershco

    Knatknits, thanks for your comment. Sounds like you've got a real winner. Or is it WINNERS? You could be talking about a bunch of different people or just one giant "Combo Platter". As we describe in "I Hate People!", that someone who has qualities of two or more of the Ten Least Wanted.

    So let me try to break this one down...

    "Passive aggressive" falls under the Smiley Face designation, while being unable to digest a financial statement is real Know It None behavior. The last minute requests for vital info could either be Minute Man territory or Switchblade, if they're trying to set you up to fail.

    Someone who can't travel alone sounds like Sheeple to me, and hiring relatives instead of temps is the sort of thing you often see from the FlimFlam-as-boss. Not being able to see the big picture due to drownage in minutia (or manure) is totally Spreadsheet. Defensive body language in meetings is the purview of the Stop Sign, and the barrage of housekeeping questions is, again, very Spreadsheety.

    So you've got a five or six-layer Combo Platter there — a real challenge. And you've caught us out on the crying and bare feet elements but we're nothing if not improvisational. Taken by themselves, these are the tools of the Disrupters, and people displaying these two particular traits are hereby dubbed Drama Queen and Caveman, respectively.

    — Marc Hershon

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    Being unhappy is like an infectious disease.
    It causes people to shrink away from the sufferer.
    He soon finds himself alone,miserable and embittered.
    There is,however,a cure so simple as to seem,at first glance,ridiculous;if you don't feel happy,pretend to be!

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    Being happy is a sort of unexpected dividend. But staying happy is an accomplishment,a triumph of soul and character. It is not selfish to strive for it. It is,indeed,a duty to ourselves and others.

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      Jonathan and Marc were at Kepler's Bookstore in Menlo Park, CA.

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    • Here's some of the blogs where you can find excerpts and mentions of I Hate People!, as well as some original pieces we're writing.

      This should be under Twitteriffic but we don't have a section called that: a big thanks to Jerret Turner over at DMO Planner for proclaiming to the Twitterverse that IHP! is his favorite book in the last 10 years!; a tip o' the mouse to TJ McCue and his coverage of our Cubicle Evacuation Plan sign over on the shiftboard blog; thanks to a Twitter connection made recently with Paige Presley, we got to see her delightful review of our book; neat to see our book featured over on The Daily MBA, the brains behind which sent me a DM tweet saying he found it "Well written, funny and spot on."

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    The Ten Least Wanted

    • In our book, we’ve selected and analyzed the ten most troublesome types of people, then fired out techniques for going over, under or through them. Such as Liar Liar, whose falsehoods can steer your career off course in no time flat:

      Click that little guy to jump over to our handy online guide to help spot the Ten Least Wanted in your office, featuring some of their common phrases...

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    ABOUT THIS BLOG

    • What's the philosophy of our blog? It's about having the boldness to create the attitude, space and time you need to stretch your career and expand your life. Taking that critical step toward becoming one of those happy souls who deftly works alone or collaborate with just a handful of other talented people…while artfully deflecting all the rest. Because while you can't change the people you hate -- you can stop them from dragging you down.

      As we break out your revealing first person accounts and surprising news and studies -- all in the context of our effective strategies for artful hating -- you'll discover that you're learning a kind of martial arts approach to coping with problem people. We're bringing the power of redirecting and avoiding the emotional blows dished out by bosses, co-workers and competitors. While you may need a lot of these people to get through your day, your career and your life...nobody said you have to like them.

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