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  • I Hate People! by Jonathan Littman & Marc Hershon is published by the good folks at Little, Brown in New York. The elements we've started blogging about here and a whole lot more can be found between the covers.

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    TOPIC: The I Hate People! Insight Roundup: Ten People You Don't Want To Be

What Reviewers Are Saying

  • "In a wry, counterintuitive twist on the workplace self-help book, the authors propose to help the reader expertly identify and neutralize the 'corporate oafs' who block the path to career satisfaction and creative independence. The rejected culture of phony niceness, Littman and Hershon claim, has led the business world astray -- and only the path of 'people hating' can get things back on track."
  • "I Hate People! is a bracing antidote to the management bromide that "there is no 'i' in 'team.' True enough, Messrs. Hershon and Littman would say -- but if you move things around a bit, there is a 'me.'"
  • "It is both a self-help manual for people hoping to not only keep their jobs during the recession, but also possibly advance, as well as a taxonomy of office workers for managers, to help them make better staffing and team-building decisions. But it also is about innovation."
  • "This is the rare book that is clever and funny -- as you laugh along with Jonathan and Marc, you realize that their analysis and solutions are actually deeper and more useful than the piles of management books out there that take themselves far more seriously..."
  • "I must say that I have just finished reading the best corporate business book in my life."
  • "Amusing and filled with entertaining examples of antisocial geeks who made good..."

Audio Hate Takes

  • Radio Shows & Podcasts
    Here is the most recent appearance by Jonathan and Marc, talking about I Hate People!
  • Jon & Marc on NPR's TechNation with Moira Gunn

    Want to hear more? You can check out some of their other appearance by clicking over to the Audio Hate Takes page

  • And if you'd prefer to listen to I Hate People! rather than read it, download the Gildan Media audiobook edition, which is available for download from Audible.com.

    We even team up as your readers in this offering! Here's a sample from the audiobook...

    During the recording sessions we did for the audiobook edition of I Hate People!, we had a couple of funny outtakes that came up that we thought we'd share. Take a listen...

  • Outtake #1
  • Outtake #2

Tell Us Your Stories!

  • Got someone who gets your goat? It can be a co-worker, a boss, an employee or maybe a person on your commute that makes your blood boil and want to shout "I hate people!" Whatever your story, we'd like to read it and, if it's truly hate-worthy, we'll post it up here on the front page AND send you a free copy of "I Hate People!"

Know-It-None, Professional Edition

  • I call her the “Teflon Cell Tower”. Every day, she runs hither and yon, like a baby elephant, each meeting more critical than the next. Whatever goes in her ears at one meeting is transmitted out of her mouth at the next, regardless of it’s relationship to the subject matter. Sadly, nothing actually sticks in her brain. Or to her hands, for that matter.

    Consequently, her colleagues are tortured by the endless reiteration of known truths and obvious facts sprinkled with trite consulting buzzwords and business-speak. For her, they are profound thoughts for pressing issues. They may have been someone else's thoughts long ago,but that has no bearing here.

    If her established patter is derailed by a question or a comment, the verbal tap dancing can last for 20 minutes or more until she restores the correct broadcast frequency.

    Given what I have witnessed in the last 15 years, her future is secure – she does no real work, has no real expertise and agrees with everything.

    TCT is no longer my problem. After a long, distinguished career, I had enough FU money to liberate myself when this re-assignment was announced. I love being free from the people I hate, but I do miss hating them on a daily face-to-face basis.

    — FreeAtLast

Hate Bites

  • "I Hate People! has a lot to teach you about office life, so if you hate your job, need help producing better work in a crappy environment or just genuinely hate people, then this book is for you. In fact, I’m going to read it again. Why? Because I hate people that much."
    Paigel
  • "Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon have created a masterpiece of office human relations."
    Carpe Factum
  • "Carol over at Carol’s Notebook has a copy of I Hate People. This awesomely titled book was written by Marc Hershon and Jonathan Littman, and it’ll teach you how to be …. me."

    West of Mars blog

  • "I wanted you to know it is one of the best promotional packages I've ever received. I spent 20 years in the music business, including running Disney's Hollywood Records, and over the years put together thousands of promo packages with the goal of making them stand out. The "I Hate People" package puts pretty much everything I've done to shame. Outstanding!"

    Reviewer (name withheld)

  • "Your book on hating people is hilarious; I had no idea I'd inspired you so much, so negatively."

    — Internet Executive

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    Macy

    hahaha thats a good one. ...

    Debbie Sue

    Seriously, I love people, just not those people LOL Sadly, there are too many of them :)

    Mike

    HATE is such an ugly word. Ugly yet appropriate.

    laura

    I hate people I love those bank adverts where everyone has their own planet, that works for me a whole planet no people, no extra mess no noise, no screaming kids be utter perfection!

    Arunkumar

    Hey I need more options - in many cases I all the options are equally not applicable - for example - company meetings - I would like it only when the discussion is valid, focussed and finally productive. And we do have such meetings.
    So I was forced to go "no answer" for many of the questions

    hershco

    It's a multiple choice quiz, Arunkamar, and these are the only answers to choose from. So you have to pick the ones closest to the answer that suits you. "No answer" is not an option, I'm afraid.

    Cheers,
    Marc Hershon

    Linger

    Absolutely hate people. Would be happiest on a remote Island in the middle of Nowhere. The less people interactions the better!

    Pete

    Here are a few thoughts/titles for you:

    My career as a lighthouse keeper.

    Has anybody seen my Mothership?

    STORY:

    My Ex boss was probably the most arrogant, self centered pompous ass I ever met.

    During the three months that my mom got sick and passed away from cancer, he did not once show any real concern or support. Instead he would burden me with his little quips about how his 10 minute commute took 15 minutes, because of "friggin construction"

    Then, after her passing when I took a few days to get her affairs in order, he drops the ball on two of my deals, with his typical, utter indifference and has the gaul to request I meet with him ( my first day back) to go over my deals and why I did or didn't get them closed.

    What an idiot! No regard for anybody but himself. I could stomach his idiocy and just discount him as a fool. But, once he lowered himself to this level, knew I could not take the stench any longer, had to resign!!! Truly why I hate people!

    Same guy's argument for why we don't have to worry about global warming, once backed into a corner and out of ammo, " God, will take care of it" was his reasoning". No need to recycle or find alternative energy sources.

    Lisa

    Love the quiz hate people. Most people are just annoying. I could be hermit with no people contact and be perfectly happy! I must have my cat though!

    humanhater

    I hate people who are annoying. Wait a minute, that's everyone. Everyone is an a**hole, and that includes me. I hate my spouse the most, except when he's drilling me.

    Misanthrope

    35 ... I hate you all ~.~

    haley

    i absolutely hate certain people but not all.

    Silas

    @Pete,

    Your former boss (henceforth, 'it') sounds like a narcissist. Whenever you encounter a MFSOBC like that, remember, its spouse married it for money, its home life probably $ uck $ a $$, or rather $ uck $ 'Santorum' (google Santorum), its kids either hate its guts now or are involved in covert incest by one or both parents and will hate it later. In short, its life is hell. Its family's life is hell. You can secretly laugh at its misery because, ultimately, you can leave its sphere of influence, but everywhere it goes, there it is.

    yeahidid

    I got a score of 32 you sheep that think hate is "ugly" I hate you because YOU are ugly hahahahaha

    cdawg

    i got 31 cuz i hate throat noises> i hate peole more then any other person could imagine

    Kathy

    I worked for this company where this girl wanted my job so bad she did anything to get it so she did spread all these lies about me that weren't true. She is a bitch and I hope her and her little crew rot in hell.

    Karrie

    I hate all different types of people. It all started when I worked front desk in a "not very busy" medical office in flint Michigan. These rude ass people would come in and just be total $#@%ing jerks for no reason at all! I had this one older guy throw his phone at me and he wasn't even a patient!! Lol. This was an every day thing and so finally one day I put my two weeks in , started college, and now still in college and working part time as a quiet janitor!! Ha ha!! No more "just dealing" with them!

    MinamiSumi

    Where I work people are always leaning on the sides of the desk and I don't mind if it's their own desk but if it's mine I want to punch them in the face.

    Susan

    I hate people who lie to advance what they perceive as their careers. I hate people who are stupid enough to believe those lies.
    I hate people who are only able to feel superior by putting others down.
    I hate people who claim to hate social climbers but do everything possible to cozy up to those whose social status they perceive is better than their own.
    I hate stupid people who keep trying to convince the world that they're intelligent. I hate those in the world who believe those braggarts are actually intelligent, despite all proof to the contrary.
    I hate people who abuse animals.
    I hate people who breed animals for profit.
    I hate people who abuse children.
    I hate wealthy people who feel they never have enough money.
    I hate ideologues no matter what they believe in.
    I hate people who are unable to think for themselves and wait for the group that they affiliate with to express a point of view.
    I hate people who take credit for other people's work.
    I hate hypocrites.
    I hate people who are always trying to teach you something before they find out how much you know about the subject.
    I hate people who are always jealous of others.
    I hate rude people.
    I hate loud people.
    I hate people who pretend to care about others but do as they please, no matter who it harms.

    hershco

    Susan, while that's a LOT of different types of folks to be hating on – although I can certainly picture a Venn diagram with a lot of crossover points - we appreciate your attention to detail. Wondering if they are all measured alike or, ala David Letterman, is there a Top 10 Countdown in there somewhere?

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    The Ten Least Wanted

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    ABOUT THIS BLOG

    • What's the philosophy of our blog? It's about having the boldness to create the attitude, space and time you need to stretch your career and expand your life. Taking that critical step toward becoming one of those happy souls who deftly works alone or collaborate with just a handful of other talented people…while artfully deflecting all the rest. Because while you can't change the people you hate -- you can stop them from dragging you down.

      As we break out your revealing first person accounts and surprising news and studies -- all in the context of our effective strategies for artful hating -- you'll discover that you're learning a kind of martial arts approach to coping with problem people. We're bringing the power of redirecting and avoiding the emotional blows dished out by bosses, co-workers and competitors. While you may need a lot of these people to get through your day, your career and your life...nobody said you have to like them.

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