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Bonjour Laziness: Why Hard Work Doesn't Pay [Format Kindle]

Corinne Maier

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Your company wants you to be loyal. You should feel lucky–after all, your job is a privilege (think of all those who would like to have it). And you know (despite what you’ve read about Enron and WorldCom) that management has your best interests at heart. Your goal is to devote yourself to the pursuit of corporate profit, make your company number one, and reap the benefits of its success.Or is there something else you want to do with your life?Bonjour Laziness dares to ask whether you really have a stake in the corporate sweepstakes, whether professional mobility is anything but an opiate. It shows you how to become impervious to manipulation and escape the implacable law of usefulness. In short, this book explains why it is in your best interest to work as little as possible.

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Amazon.com: 2.9 étoiles sur 5  13 commentaires
28 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 wonderful book 26 juin 2005
Par Bramborek - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is really eye opener. Of course, the thesis is not new. Of course - everybody knows Dilbert. But Dilbert is something a little bit different - a joke. True, this joke is about real world, real people - but it's a joke. Bonjour laziness is not a joke, this is a book that shows that different life, different kind of work is possible. Of course, what Ms Maier proposes is a provocation - let's try to pretend that we work. Why? because all of this, our bosses, our desks, our positions our visiting cards is just an illusion. Try to live real life, life for yourselves, not life for your company.

If you are trying hard to make a career you may not like this book.

But try to answer one question. Imagine you are 75 years old and you wonder what your life was for. What will be the answer? That you earned a couple of bucks for your company? That you became the youngest manager in your company? Or maybe you'd prefer: I was happy?
30 internautes sur 34 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book turns corporate life on its head 13 juin 2005
Par Hound Dog 56 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Bonjour Laziness" goes against everything you've ever been taught about becoming a professional. Maeir encourages an anarchistic approach to corporate life, one which professes that the avoidance of responsibility and action is the best revenge against an oppressive bureacratic structure, and that increased job satisfaction will come with working less.

This is a book which is highly original, and probably one which some people will find disturbing because it goes so against the American work ethic of taking on more and more responsibility -- and that your success in life is dictated by the length of your title and the size of your paycheck. In that sense it is very European -- and of course very French, Maeir being a native of France -- but it also tries to take a broader view of why we work and what the end result is.

Maier saves her biggest rips at upper corporate management, accusing them of being relatively lazy, greedy users of the workforce. This is certainly Marxist in viewpoint, and her answer for what to do about it, is to slow the wheels of the corporate machine from within. Her points are not entirely false, but she does emphasize that the real work of companies are being done by those at the low end of the totem pole, something that's difficult to dispute.

Anyone hwo has worked for a large corporation can readily understand many of her points of view. The goal of corporate life is to conform, to impress your superiors and to fit in with a larger culture. Successfully doing so means getting more and more tangible rewards; the failure to do so will mean being expunged from the safe, secure world of the corporate family. For those who get their identity and self-worth from their careers, this is indeed a problem.

Maier is a good writer and has some very interesting and important points to make. It is questionable whether Americans will embrace her philosophy, in part because it goes so much against the grain of what our national identity is about. Still, for those with an open mind, her ideas are worth exploring, more in the context of whether it is possible to have a pleasant, enjoyable career within a large faceless bureacracy, than in trying to slow the machine down to a grinding halt.

This is a well written, well focused book, and while not everyone will agree with her points of view, Maier deserves much credit for putting them out there.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 C'est bon? Non. 17 juillet 2005
Par Erik Olson - Publié sur Amazon.com
I enjoy a jaded take on the corporate life as much as any cube dweller. I figured that's what I was getting with "Bonjour Laziness." However, I should have checked it out a bit better before making my purchase, because it was ultimately a disappointing read.

This is a very cynical and depressing perspective on being a wage earner. A somewhat harsh indictment of a subject can work, but to avoid becoming an exercise in nihilism it needs two important counterpoints: 1) a sense of humor, and 2) reasonable alternatives. Scott Adams' "Dilbert" has the former, and books like "The Joy of Not Working" by Ernie Zelinski contain the latter. Unfortunately, "Bonjour Laziness" lacks either of these leavening qualities, and overall was a bummer (at least it was short). A bleak outlook that culminates with bullet points on resigning oneself to a life of job-related misery doesn't really do it for me. Even corporate slams like "The Office" and "Office Space" had happy endings.

This book was originally published in France. I happen to like France, and I have some great memories of interacting with the French in Paris. Therefore, I find it hard to believe that this is their defining sense of workplace destiny. There is a lot of history and beauty in Paris alone, and so many things to enjoy and experience either alone or with others. If the author had contrasted her negative view of the corporate grind with a "French Women Don't Get Fat" or "Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong" angle on finding happiness outside of the office, "Bonjour Laziness" would have been a better effort.

To be fair, the author does score some zingers, and possibly provides a glimpse into French corporate culture. Perhaps it reads better in French, and taps a Gallic sense of humor that got lost in translation to English. But as it stands, I'd recommend saying "au revoir" to "Bonjour Laziness."
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Pass the Bear Claws and the Office Lottery 15 octobre 2005
Par Debra Morse - Publié sur Amazon.com
You have to give her credit. Corinne Maier takes a witty idea that could be articulated in under fifty words, and stretches it out into a full book. Perhaps this is part of the joke within a joke.

Maier convincingly writes that since the wage earner is the modern day slave, since work is not a place for fulfillment, and since what you do is utterly pointless, the most adaptive thing to be done to remain sane is to maintain the status quo: remain invisible, never take a position of responsibility, and become a parasite. After all, we are managed by " Homo economicus cretinus", so who will ever find out?

This would be a great little gift book for an executive who takes themselves way, way, too seriously. Then again, they probably wouldn't understand it. Better to circulate your copy amongst your fellow oppressed worker bees and giggle over your fourth coffee break of the day.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly Entertaining 2 juin 2007
Par Gary Bauer - Publié sur Amazon.com
It's not a self-help book but a look at the corporate world that, from my perspective after working at some major corporations, is dead on. Work within large corporate organizations is very much as she describes it. This book gets it right whether it is in France or the US. Corporate America is one strange place. This book is a great read and extremely funny! If it doesn't sell well in America it's because we take ourselves way too seriously.
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