Face it, whether your company has 10 employees or 10,000, you must grapple with people you can't stand in the office. Luckily Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon have written I HATE PEOPLE!, a smart, counter-intuitive, andirreverentturn on the classic workplace self-help book that will show you how to identify theTen Least Wanted--the people you hate--whilerevealing the strategies to neutralize them. Learn to fly right by the "Stop Sign" (nay-sayer) and rise above the pronouncements of the "Know-it-None." I HATE PEOPLE! will teach you how to carve out more time for yourself by becominga "Soloist"--one of those bold individuals daring to work alone or collaborate with a handful of other talented people....while artfully deflecting the rest.
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The real "GTD" book
Despite its title and somewhat cheeky humor, "I hate people" is not about celebrating the dislike of others. It's a detailed, methodical examination of the (human, interpersonal) distractions that plague productivity and prevent you from getting things done. Identifying the problems (interruptors, stumbling blocks, bulldozers, etc.) in your workplace, suggesting tried-and-true methods for handling their arguments, interruptions, or tactics, and helping you carve out extended chunks of personal time is what this book focuses on.
It seems primarily appropriate for the modern technological workplace, but could easily extend to non-techies. Many situations and tactics involve the distractions present in high bandwidth, open-office workspaces (people stopping by your cubicle, IM interruptions, phone calls followed up by emails, etc.). Focus is given to both efficient communication and blocking of irrelevant communication without making yourself an outsider to a team.
This is more about finding ways to hunker down and get your projects done than learning how to climb a corporate ladder, and I highly recommend it for anyone who cringes anytime he/she gets a meeting request.