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 Review

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, editor at an in-flight magazine, was staring out a second-floor window at a parking lot in suburban Dallas wondering if it was five o’clock yet. Everything changed with one phone call from Esquire. Three weeks later, he was working in New York and wondering what the hell had just happened.
 
This is McCammon’s honest, funny, and entertaining journey from impostor to authority, a story that begins with periods of debilitating workplace anxiety but leads to rich insights and practical advice from a guy who “made it” but who still remembers what it’s like to feel entirely ill-equipped for professional success. And for life in general, if we’re being completely honest. McCammon points out the workplace for what it is: an often absurd landscape of ego and fear guided by social rules that no one ever talks about. He offers a mix of enlightening and often self-deprecating personal stories about his experience and clear, practical advice on getting the small things right—crucial skills that often go unacknowledged—from shaking a hand to conducting a business meeting in a bar to navigating a work party. 

Here is an inspirational new way of looking at your job, your career, and success itself; an accessible guide for those of us who are smart, talented, and ambitious but who aren’t well-“leveraged” and don’t quite feel prepared for success . . . or know what to do once we’ve made it. 

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
Edition Language:English

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  • Katie Bruell

    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...

  • Crysta

    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 r...

  • Summer

    "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 li...

  • Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    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...

  • James

    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...

  • Rob

    Caveat lectorThis 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 ...

  • Bibliovoracious

    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),...

  • Martin

    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 ye...

  • Katra

    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....

  • Deb Lockwood

    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 d...