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"[T]he most useful, snappy career book I have seen in maybe five years."―Penelope Trunk,

"[T]he most timely book of 2014."―Guy Kawasaki

"I started reading it and BOOM I was on the last page! BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T is a concise masterpiece. James' humor and practical wisdom makes every page a joy to read."

Robert I. Sutton, Stanford Professor, author of The No Asshole Rule, and co-author of Scaling Up Excellence.

"This powerful, practical book gives you proven techniques to get better business results faster than you ever thought possible."―Brian Tracy, author of How the Best Leaders Lead

"Whatever and wherever you are in your career, you will find here a page-turner and a way of turning trials to triumphs."―Linda Richardson, author of Perfect Selling

"I've read James' compelling articles for the past two decades and this new book is a must-read, sparkling gem."―Gerhard Gschwandtner, publisher of Selling Power magazine

"James, author of the "Sales Source" column on, outlines the secrets of navigating today's workforce, starting from the point of view that in the modern work world, everyone is, in effect, a freelancer, their own boss, and should always be looking for their next job. James tackles essential workplace skills and techniques, including how to be a great boss and colleague (and survive bad ones); navigate office politics; ask for a raise; and deal with stress. The author's pithy and frank style matches his title and his recommendations are similarly to the point, such as his assertion in the chapter on asking for a raise that "nobody cares what you want, need or expect to be paid," followed by helpful suggestions on how to effectively establish the discrepancy between your value and pay. Equally terse is his counsel on firings and layoffs, which "should be handled like a life threatening operation at a hospital. You want the patient (i.e., your firm) to get through trauma as quickly as possible, not bleed the death of a thousand cuts." Relevant for leaders or employees of any generation, this is a quick, impactful primer for anyone wanting to be more effective on the job."Publishers Weekly

"Yes, it's true, there's a lot of "bs" in business, but the path through it becomes much clearer by reading the new book by Geoffrey James."―800 CEO Read

"This is a book you should gift to every high school and college graduate. As its title promises, it cuts straight to the habits required for successful business behavior. It points out the many traps that snare business newbies and slow advancement. I wish I'd read a book like this in my early 20s. BWTB is ethical without being preachy, aspirational without being sappy, practical while still crackling with the author's natural wit. 5.0 out of 5 stars."

Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes Magazine

Présentation de l'éditeur

Contrary to popular belief, the business world is not that complicated. While every industry and every profession requires specific expertise, the truth is that the "business of business" is relatively simple.

For the past seven years, Geoffrey James has written a daily blog that's become one of the most popular business-focused destinations on the web. In BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T, readers will learn surprising but tried-and-true secrets about being an extraordinary boss, about coping with annoying coworkers, and navigating the thorny problems that recur in every workplace.


Long work hours mean less work gets done.

Multiple studies reveal that working 60 rather than 40 hours a week makes you slightly more productive but only for a little while. After about three weeks, people get burned out, get sick and go absent, and start making avoidable errors.

What every boss wants from you.

From your boss's perspective your real job is to make the boss successful. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Why your resume is your enemy.

Only write a resume after you're talking to people inside the hiring firm. Then, customize it to match what you've discovered that they really what.

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Tons of great material; one caveat to note. 13 mai 2014
Par Ryan J. Dejonghe - Publié sur
Format: Relié
As the title of this book alludes to (hereby referred to as BS, to get around the censors), this is a book that serves as a shotgun blast of information, cutting the rhetoric and firing off the essential. Mostly. James says he has interviewed “hundreds of executives” to compile this book of helpfulness that “isn’t intended to be read from cover to cover”, but rather offers “step-by-step plans to handle specific situations.”

There is a ton of content crammed in: managing up, showing interest, mastering reviews, how to say “no”, earn respect from peers, shine in a meeting, reduce stress, and on and on and on. Each chapter follows a theme, offers wording around several major concepts, and bullet points it at the end. The overarching focus seems to be a focus on the importance of people, clarity, and courage. Which reminds me: be sure to read the introduction—don’t skip it—there’s a lot of good advice in there, too.

Now for the misnomers. Most of this book is serious and offers meaningful advice. However, some of the book reads like a parody. For instance, chapter one talks about the “twelve types of bosses”, but I don’t think he’s serious here. Referenced are the visionary bosses that you need to drink their Kool-Aid and work long hours for, and the bureaucrat boss that is easy to please but “can grind your creativity into dust.” And the chapter about “the seven times it’s ok to lie to the boss”—huh? James says it’s okay to lie to your boss if it is your business to lie with statistics, to protect a co-worker, or even if your boss tells a lame joke. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but growing up with Covey and others, I still say integrity is where it counts.

I really wish James would attribute where he’s pulling his material from. A little footnote, follow-up resources: something. A lot of his philosophy is reminiscent of what I’ve read in Csikszentmihalyi, Pink, Kahneman, and even Gladwell, but really, I have no idea where he’s pulling it from. If you’ve read my other reviews, you’ll notice that I have a footnote fetish; I like to follow-up on what I read. No such luck here, besides a couple of mentions in the acknowledgments.

Now, for the real BS: On James’s website and Twitter profile, he says, “Pre-order my new book and get an exclusive BONUS CHAPTER”. You’ll notice on the book’s tagline: “49 secrets and shortcuts you need to know”. To get the missing fiftieth shortcut you have to send him a picture of your pre-order receipt. The website also says, “WARNING: When the book is published, I’ll stop distributing the chapter.” That’s BS. If you’re dropping a twenty-spot or more for this book, I hope you’ll get the whole book.

Don’t let my grumpiness distract you (too much). I’m keeping this on my desk at work and have already implemented many of its ideas, yielding successful results, mainly for me: cultivating my items of gratitude, drafting effective e-mails, and building bonds with my peers. There’s a plethora of resources here that will be invaluable to anyone in the business world.

Thanks to Business Plus and Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy of this book to review.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A lot of assumptions and borderline ethical issues 6 juin 2014
Par N. Kujawski - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I'll start with the good. I did find some areas of this book very helpful: different types of managers, how to work with your coworkers, and the section about negative/'evils' that exist in the workplace such as types of lies.

That said, some of these techniques certainly would not fit in with the company culture of my current employer. For example, lining up other jobs... word spreads fast and if it were discovered that an employee was 'exploring' there's a very good chance that would be discovered and would not end well (i.e., would be seen as 'sneaky' and affect current job which then may affect reputation/respect).

Advocating to lie to your manager because they do it to you? Doesn't sit right with me... I've advanced quickly in my career by having strong ethics and being honest with my managers which results in building trust.

Advocating to lie if your manager wants you to? No thanks. I'd rather find a new job them compromise values.

Those are the examples taht come to mind which didn't leave a good feeling... maybe this is the way the business world works but that doesn't work for me.
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This book is about office politics, not business 23 juin 2014
Par Damian - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
If you want tips on running a business, look somewhere else. If you want a book about office politics and life in the workplace, this might be for you.

I was expecting a short, insightful read about running a business - things like customers, marketing, finance, or product development. Instead, this is about how to be an employee in somebody else's business. It covers resumes, job interviews, dealing with your boss, and tips about office environments.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Business Without the Bullsh*t is certainly without it! Great Book! 28 septembre 2014
Par Doug Atkins - Publié sur
Format: Relié
For those who are fortunate enough to have read (or soon will read) the newest book by Inc contributor, Geoffery James, the first thing we realize is that there is no BS as the title “Business Without the Bullsh*t” clearly states. It is written in seven parts and is designed for the reader to jump in right where they need Geoffery’s advice most.

Those on topic seven How-to parts are:
1) How to manage your boss
2) How to manage your coworkers
3) How to manage your employees
4) How to manage yourself
5) How to communicate
6) How to handle emergencies
7) How to cope with evil

I am in the fortunate position to have a boss who is a true mentor, so just out of curiosity I read how to manage your boss. In that section, James identifies twelve management styles and (and I’m not intending to “brown-nose” here) I am happy to report that my boss landed in the hero classification in that he coaches and is able to figure out what I need to do a great job for him. One note: these bosses ruin an employee’s tolerance for the bozo boss.

But I digress.

I decided to dive right into the section that is most pertinent to me: How to communicate. I’m a marketer. Besides business, the importance of being one’s own best promoter can’t be emphasized enough. Part 5 covers that very well.
Throughout the book, James breaks each part into a number of “Secrets,” and in Part 5 there are seven. To review each Secret would generate a very long review (Not to mention if I reviewed the entire exceptional work), so to keep this digestible, although all of the Secrets are equally important, I’ll only touch on a few.

In “Five Rules for Business Communication”, Geoffery tells the reader why it is imperative that one must be clear about the specific reason for communication. He goes on to say it’s critical to know the preferred medium of the person to whom the communication is directed, whether that’s face-to-face, phone, or email. Messages must to be short and to the point, while being absent of buzzwords and jargon.
In the Secret on better conversations James relays – as obvious as this may sound – is that one must know the reason for a conversation. In other words, and to underscore the book’s title; “Business Without the Bullsh*t.” Further, never let your mind drift during a conversation, so to paraphrase his words, “Stop thinking about the ugly wallpaper.” Lastly, consider what the other person said; restate if required, and make a pertinent response.
This last secret – and one I immediately and successfully put to use – highlights how to write a smashing email. James provides lots of great techniques and provides templates of sorts.

These are just three of the 49 Secrets he reveals. The entire body of work covers many points one can put to use on the spot as I did: job interviews; office politics; layoffs; stress; rejection; failure; and what to do if you screw up are only a few.
I did read the whole book before I reviewed it, but as I said, immediately read and put to use what was most important to me. You only need to read what’s important to you. The book is truthfully “Business Without the Bullsh*t!”
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Straight from the shoulder 25 mai 2014
Par Paul C Herring - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Thank you, Geoffrey, for "Business Without the BS". I found it helpful because it enabled me to get to the point quickly in answering questions about any one of a dozen situations that we find ourselves in each week. Your summary at the end of each chapter is so helpful; indeed such a summary should be included in every personal development book or those dealing with usable information.

In the third person now: the book is written in Geoffrey's straight from the shoulder style. He pulls no punches and where this is necessary it's a good thing. It isn't always the best way though. Good manners and courtesy shouldn't be ignored, even if not reflected back.

The book is written for employees who must deal with bosses of many different colours. For such ones, it will be useful indeed. I found it an easy to read book and am happy to recommend it to others
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