I found your book to be very entertaining, yet practical at the same time. However, I think those qualities weren’t the most important aspect of your book. For me, the most precious quality was, here was a book about respect. This was the one constant I recognized throughout your writing; that whatever we do in our business and personal life while pursuing our goals, our conversations and actions must always be done while showing respect. It is comforting to know, from reading your many wonderful stories, that a touch of humor when combined with respect and professionalism is the path to having both a successful career and a happy life. Thank you, Douglas, for your honesty and for sharing a part of yourself with all of us.
This is a TERRIFIC book! If you think it’s more of a comedy, don’t be fooled, it is all business with a bit of levity to make it a fabulous read. You will hear interesting experiences, find yourself thinking about your own experiences and get some great, practical advice to take forward in your interactions. Highly recommend this book for all in business. – Denise M.
In reading this book, I came away with a ‘walk-through’ of decades of work-related experiences; best approaches to handling people & problems; positive reinforcement; invaluable tips and how-to’s. the Author imparts his wisdom in an accessible format: this book reads like a novel and includes memorable moments shared from the author’s personal experiences. Thank you Doug! – SP
Dear Douglas, Just dropping you a quick line to let you know that I have just finished your book ‘A Lifetime working with idiots and how to survive’, and to tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. I bought your book from Amazon Kindle yesterday and finished it within 24 hours, I just couldn’t stop reading it as I could relate to so much of it. Thanks to you, I always knew there was something ‘off’ with the organization I currently work at and now I can recognize that the problem is that I am working in one of those typical ‘Royal Courts’ that you have mentioned (in this case, the company was founded in 1986 and the same people are still doing things the same way they did back then). In addition to work-place identification, I can now recognize one or two of the ‘idiots’ you describe in your book as being alive, well and thriving in this organization (and have been doing so for a substantial number of years). Most of all, thank you very much for huge laughing fit I had last night (I laughed until I wept) over your story of the job you had where you were issued with a cattle prod for your own personal safety. My husband heard my guffaws of mirth from the other room and thought that I had lost my marbles. I am sorry to say, contrary to the instructions in your book, I did lay the blame for my hysterical state on you but in this this case, it was a good thing. Many thanks again for the insight and entertainment. Kind regards, Yvette M.
I recently finished reading your book, “A Lifetime Working with Idiots & How to Survive”. I have to admit that it is one of the best, most direct and practical books I have ever read. Before reading the book, based on the title alone, I expected to have a good laugh. However, after having read your book, while it was very funny, I came to appreciate more the educational purpose of your writing. It is a great feeling to know that I am not alone in the world dealing with idiots. – Florin B