I am mostly focused on the upcoming publication of Good Boss, Bad Boss. But I am and will always be the "asshole guy." I still get a good 20 to 30 emails a week about issues and reactions related to The No Asshole Rule. There are still a lot of people suffering out there and assholes will always be with us. But I still love a good success story. Yesterday, I got a lovely one about the role that a rather brave employee -- who used the book as ammunition -- played in expelling the local certified asshole. I removed his name but the rest of the email is unchanged.
"Bob, I ran across your book while I was studying the literature on workplace bullying. As a victim myself, a colleague and I had been fighting an asshole Director and a Section Head above us for over two years. I actually sought psychological treatment to help me with the emotional troubles I was obviously having in this battle. 3 weeks ago I sent your book to our CEO. He said he'd read it already and sent it back. I met with our HR director at the CEO's request and I gave it to him. This led into a meeting with our VP, and I gave him a copy as well. Today it was announced that this director was fired. Thanks!"
I am always interested in your notes and comments about The No Asshole Rule (and anything else) but I confess that success stories are especially nice to hear
P.S. Speaking of The No Asshole Rule, I got a note today that the Asshole Rating Self-Exam (ARSE), our online test to see if you are a certified asshole, is just about to hit 237,000 completions. It is currently at 236,950. The self-examination continues!