Death by PowerPoint: A Modern Office Survival Guide by Michael Flocker [Da Capo Press - $12.95]
It’s funny, but I could actually see the boss, that is, a ‘cool’ boss, giving this book to a favorite underling. Now, don’t let that be the death knell for Death by PowerPoint, but know that this wit-for-the-office book is also sprinkled with practical advice (not least quotes from the famous, heading each chapter, much like those found in a page-a-day desk calendar), and only some of it is given tongue-in-cheek. Flocker is quite serious when he suggests some tips for weight-gaining cubevillians (“Get off the subway at an earlier stop: Extend your walking time.”) and stress management (“Remind yourself that no one’s life is at stake.”). So, too, his helpful hints for emoticons (did you know that<=8:-) means 'dickhead'?), followed by cautionary use of such an emoticon. This is a survival by adaptation approach to the office work environment. 'Survival' being the key. Give it to someone who is too young to retire but too old to walk off in a snit. [
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