How to Be Useful A Beginner's Guide to Not Hating Work

ISBN-10: 0618713506
ISBN-13: 9780618713509
Edition: 2008
Authors: Megan Hustad
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/2/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

A delightfully original, unerringly hip, yet marvelously practical handbook for a new-and slightly cynical-generation. Youve landed the job. Now you want to make a good impression, express yourself, excel. Unsure of how to proceed? Aspire to a class greater than the one you were born to? Time to put aside your objections to blatant cries for help. In How to Be Useful, Megan Hustad dismantles the myths of getting ahead and helps you navigate the choppy waters of office life. Drawing on the experiences of twenty- and thirtysomethings (herself included) as well as fictional strivers from The House of Mirth, The Apprentice, and everywhere in between, she shows us where things tend to go wrong in our pursuit of the great American dream. Then she culls the best advice from a centurys worth of "success literature" (the books youd be too embarrassed to read yourself ) to show how work-and even the idea of professional climbing-can be artfully reimagined. The result is both surprising and provocative. Theres Andrew Carnegie on why "just being yourself " on the job is a terrible idea; Emily Post on the importance of asking questions; Napoleon Hill on why its okay to use people (and how to do it properly); Helen Gurley Brown on thriving in the midst of corporate dysfunction; and Stephen Covey on why you shouldnt always stand up for yourself. Proving once and for all that working hard and being smart arent nearly enough to get ahead these days, Hustad provides dozens of solutions for corporate indignities that have stood the test of time. Humorous yet wise, ironic yet indispensable, How to Be Useful overturns everything you thought you knew about moving up in the world.

Introduction
On Being a Poseur ”
Early Capitalists on Why Writing Business Letters Takes Longer Than Reading Them Does
Dodging the Great Failure Army ”
Orison Swett Marden on the Strange Power of Finding Something Nice to Say
Party Tips for the Nouveau Riche ”
Etiquette and the Importance of Asking Questions
On Near Universal Self-Absorption ”
How to Win Friends and Infl uence People by Recognizing What Navel-Gazers People Are
The Master Mind ”
Napoleon Hill on the Proper Use of Friendship
Checking Yourself at the Door ”
What Brooks Brothers and Midcentury Handwringing over Bland Conformity Reveal About Personal Style
When It's Just Not About You ”
Helen Gurley Brown on Having One's Underwear Forcibly Removed Interlude ”
Why Most Everything from the 1970s Doesn't Help
Self-Deprecation ”
The Art of Humble Beginnings Stories
On Defense ”
The Dark Heart of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The Uses of No ”
Donald Trump and "You're Fired" Epilogue ”
Acknowledgments ”
Bibliography ”
Index ”

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