How to Relax Without Getting the Axe: Do less and stay on job

Stanley Bing's How to Relax Without Getting the Axe


From the tips given in the book, I like best this one: "Have an assistant or failing that, appropriate someone else's assistant. 'You use other people. This is what successful people do in all business, in all walks of life." Heh.

Never mind the recession. Workers can still find ways to do less and get away with it, says the author of a tongue-in-cheek look at the workplace, How to Relax Without Getting the Axe.

The secret is learning and adapting the tricks of powerful, successful people, said Stanley Bing, whose book, subtitled A Survival Guide to the New Workplace, comes out on Nov 17.

The new book is an updated version of Bing's earlier book Executricks, or How to Retire While You're Still Working, tailored to meet today's hard economic times, he said.

'It's a perilous workplace environment but, that said, it should be possible to learn from the way that successful people manage their time and manage their careers,' he told Reuters in an interview.

Bing is actually a pseudonym for Gil Schwartz, who is executive vice-president of corporate communications for CBS Corp. He began using the name Stanley Bing several years ago when he was writing a column for Esquire magazine.

From Straits Times, "Do less and stay on job".

Read also the accompanying article, "Author offers tips for relaxing on the job":
* Learn tricks of successful, powerful people.

* Being absent builds status, which is made easier with e-mail, cellphones. It also create the sense of being too important to be around and available.

* Learn to delegate.

* For a 'virtual' door, turn the computer screen away from other people.

* Personalise the work space to make it uncongenial to visitors and cultivate 'patterns of unfriendliness'.

* Have an assistant or failing that, appropriate someone else's assistant. 'You use other people. This is what successful people do in all business, in all walks of life,' Bing said.


Quite amused to read the Product Description of the book from Amazon.com:
If business is a hamster wheel, what kind of hamster do you want to be? The one who runs all day long, huffing and puffing to keep things turning? Or the sleek and happy rodent who works in the corner office down the hall? Stanley Bing has seen the way the big furballs operate in good times and bad.

Core skills taught in this book:

Delegation
Telling people what to do and having them do it.

Absence
Operating from the digital vacuum.

Abuse of status
It can be done.

Decisiveness
Even when confused.

Engagement
But only when necessary.

Step off the wheel.
Grab this book.
And relax.

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