RULE ZERO: How Things Really Work

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Do you believe large companies in America are objective meritocracies that promote the brightest, most effective people? Do you believe our economy is governed by rational, dispassionate free-market principles? Do you believe companies on the whole are efficient and led by competent professionals? You won’t, after reading this book. Rule Zero reveals how large corporations really work, in all their hypocrisy, injustice, and incompetence.
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  • By Frank Johnson
    Mar 24, 2014
    This is an amazing little book. I read it after a friend forwarded it to me. I tried to google the author, but nothing much comes up on him. I guess that’s not too surprising, as the name “D. Dolson Dolson” sounds like an obvious pseudonym. Anyway, whoever this guy is, he is a genius. I can’t believe how accurately he portrays the real situation in organizations. Forget everything else you ever read—this is the real, unvarnished truth. He writes from his experience in American organizations, but the situation is exactly the same in Canada and I suspect all over the world. How is this guy not famous? All the garbage we hear everywhere, the talk shows ought to discover who this guy really is and put him on their programs. This book is a rare gem. Short, to the point, and full of insight. And absolutely beautifully written. It’s rare to find somebody who writes this well any more.
  • By Dobson Fan
    Jan 15, 2014
    The clarity of Strunk & White, the truth in Dilbert and the insight of Feynman all rolled into one! This book is a must have for anyone looking to manage his/her carere (and who isn't?). I just wish I had read this earlier in my career.
  • By Lester Kozlowski
    Jan 16, 2012
    Rule Zero is a funny and acerbic review of real life in the corporate world. Though often hilarious, the commentary is dead-on accurate. By putting executive behavior in proper context, one is able to laugh about actions that are actually tragic with respect to corporate performance. I would love to see a similar expose of government executives.
  • By Serdar Uckun
    Oct 28, 2011
    Excellent, sharp-witted commentary about the erosion of intelligence in today's corporate world.
  • By Jack Orenstein
    Oct 19, 2011
    Rule Zero visits Dilbert territory, but as if written by George Orwell. It explains the idiocy of the workplace clearly, with great insight, and with the blackest, funniest writing I have read in a long time. Some passages are so sharp, and accurate, and funny, that I just had to stop and read them again. Dolson is an amazingly talented writer. Much business writing is dull beyond belief, presenting the most trivial ideas in great detail and with enormous amounts of padding. Rule Zero is the opposite. It is a short book, but densely packed with original ideas and terrific writing. For example, we've all heard about the Peter Principle ad nauseum. Rule Zero focuses in on the flaw that's been there all these years: people rise to their level of competence, but the higher you rise, the less competence is required. It's obvious once you read it, but no one has ever pointed it out before. Dolson then goes beyond that, pointing out the ways in which stupidity, arrogance and ignorance come... More > to dominate and self-perpetuate. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Read it for entertainment value, or as a workplace survival guide.< Less
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October 14, 2011
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