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Harvard Business Review Essay: The No Asshole Rule

Serenity Now For Entrepreneurs April 9, 2021 3128 1 5


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Normally none of our panelists use profanity in our podcast but when our panelist, Peggy Aulenback brought up an essay she had read in the Harvard Business Review entitled “The No Asshole Rule” – we were all quite intrigued.

The essay was written by a Stanford professor, Robert I Sutton. The topic of the essay was so popular that it was followed by a book entitled: The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t.

The theme of the essay and book are that bullying behavior in the workplace worsens morale and productivity. A rule is suggested to screen out the toxic staff—the no asshole rule. The author insists upon use of the word asshole since other words such as bully or jerk “do not convey the same degree of awfulness”. In terms of using the word in the book’s title, he said “There’s an emotional reaction to a dirty title. You have a choice between being offensive and being ignored.

Tune in while our panelists discuss the paper, admit to what kind of asshole we may have been in the past, discuss assholes in the workplace and how to deal with clients that have displayed this behavior. This episode has a lot of honest, reflection, laughter and more! Enjoy!

 

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Information about the essay and book

Robert I Sutton Website

Visual Synopsis of The No Asshole Rule by Dani Saveker

Visual Synopsis by Dani Saveker

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