The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead

The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead

Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living A Good Life

Book - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
For those starting out in their careers—and those who wish to advance more quickly—this is a delightfully fussy guide to the hidden rules of the road in the workplace and in life.
As bestselling author and social historian Charles Murray explains, at senior levels of an organization there are curmudgeons everywhere, judging your every move. Yet it is their good opinion you need to win if you hope to get ahead.
Among the curmudgeon’s day-to-day tips for the workplace:
• Excise the word “like” from your spoken English
• Don’t suck up
• Stop “reaching out” and “sharing”
• Rid yourself of piercings, tattoos, and weird hair colors
• Make strong language count
His larger career advice includes:
• What to do if you have a bad boss
• Coming to grips with the difference between being nice and being good
• How to write when you don’t know what to say
• Being judgmental (it’s good, and you don’t have a choice anyway)

And on the great topics of life, the curmudgeon urges us to leave home no matter what, get real jobs (not internships), put ourselves in scary situations, and watch Groundhog Day repeatedly (he’ll explain).
Witty, wise, and pulling no punches, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead is an indispensable sourcebook for living an adult life.

Baker & Taylor
A whimsical guide to workplace etiquette shares real-world advice on everything from political correctness and good writing to thinking critically and treating others with respect.

& Taylor

"In the bestselling tradition of Eats, Shoot and Leaves, a gently curmudgeonly but invaluable guide to the dos and don'ts of the workplace. Bestselling social historian Charles Murray has written a delightfully fussy -- and entertaining -- book on the hidden rules of the road in the workplace, and in life, from the standpoint of an admonishing, but encouraging, workplace grouch and taskmaster. Why the curmudgeon? The fact is, most older, more senior people over us in the workplace are closet curmudgeons. In today's politically correct world, they may hide their displeasure over your misuse of grammar, or your overly familiar use of their first name without an express invitation. But don't be fooled by their pleasant demeanor. Underneath, they are judging and evaluating your every move and utterance. And in most cases, if you want to advance in your career, it is their approval that you need to win. In the course of this pithy and powerful book, Murray tells us the proper etiquette for email, how to stop using such overused and fuzzy phrases as "reaching out" and "sharing", his thoughts on piercings and tattoos and proper dress, the importance of rigor in language and good writing, why being judgmental is good, and other curmudgeonly pieces of wisdom and advice. He suggests how to stand out at work (work long hours when you are young and unencumbered by family and other obligations), when to use strong language and when to avoid it, and offers a bare-bones usage primer on how to avoid confusing words like "advice" and "advise," which look or sound similar, but have distinct meanings. Written with both verve and reserve, and drawing on the core values that have historically made good manners the best lubricant to social and professional advancement, TheCurmudgeon's Guide is an invaluable resource for anyone hoping to land the job of their dreams, or get ahead in their career of choice"--
A whimsical guide to workplace etiquette shares real-world advice on everything from political correctness and good writing to thinking critically and treating others with respect. By the author of the best-selling Coming Apart.

Publisher: New York : Crown Business, c2014
ISBN: 9780804141444
Branch Call Number: 650.1 MUR
Characteristics: 144 p. ;,19 cm.


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Jun 02, 2017

This is actually a very handy book filled with useful tips for twentysomethings- if you read it with an open mind you'll find yourself ahead by a mile in the workplace environment. There are also a lot of thirty and fortysomethings who could benefit from the insights in this book.
It's a short, concise read.

Aug 02, 2014

Interesting little book that covers a wide rang of topics. Elements of style by William Strunk.

Jun 17, 2014

Honestly, I was expecting something more profound from the revered Charles Murray. The Curmudgeon's Guide is okay—more than okay if you're a level-headed twenty-something with a sense of adventure and gracious enough to heed advice from someone who's been there done that, albeit nearly a half century ago. It's a guide every bit as curmudgeon-y as it is wise.

This is the umpteenth how-to/self-help book I've read, and although I dearly love the genre I now wonder how much of it is superfluous. A resourceful individual doesn't succeed by following advice, but instead by building a framework of living, pieced together from experience. And yes, learning from others is a form of experience. All I'm saying is that the more likely you are to benefit from self-help books, the less likely you are to need them.

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