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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. How to Be Useful: A delightfully original, unerringly hip, yet marvelously practical handbook for a new and slightly cynical generation. You’ve landed the job. Now you want to make a good impression, express yourself, excel. Unsure of how to proceed? Aspire to a class greater than the one you were born to?
Time to put aside your objections to blatant cries for help. In “How to Be Useful”, M A delightfully original, unerringly hip, yet marvelously practical handbook for a new and slightly cynical generation. In “How to Be Useful”, Megan Hustad dismantles the myths of getting ahead and helps you navigate the choppy waters of office life.
Drawing on the experiences of twenty- and thirtysomethings herself included as well as fictional strivers from “The House of Mirth”, “The Apprentice”, and everywhere in between, she shows us where things tend to go wrong in our pursuit of the great american dream.
Then she culls the best advice from a century’s worth of success literature the books you’d be too embarrassed to read yourself to show how work and even the idea of professional climbing can be artfully reimagined. The result is both surprising and provocative. There’s Andrew Carnegie on why just being yourself on the job is a terrible idea; Emily Post on the importance of asking questions; Napoleon Hill on why its okay to use people and how to do it properly ; Helen Gurley Brown on thriving in the midst of corporate dysfunction; and Stephen Covey on why you shouldn’t always stand up for yourself.
Proving once and for all that working hard and being smart arent nearly enough to get ahead these days, Hustad provides dozens of solutions for corporate indignities that have stood the test of time. Humorous yet wise, ironic yet indispensable, “How to Be Useful” overturns everything you thought you knew about moving up in the world. Hardcoverpages.
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Dec 09, Katrina Michie rated it liked it. I’m not done with this book, but I would recommend it, even or especially if you hate self-help business books. She takes all those books we creative types avoid reading and condenses them into useable, readable bits that you can really apply to your work life.
Apr 14, CJ rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I’d get much out of this book. A friend gave it to me because I have a problem employee and she thought I might find some ways of dealing with him by “out-psyching” him.
What I found was a wealth of information about the mind-set of the twenty-somethings. Hustad went through the last years worth of business thought books. Essentially, this is a literature review of all those books the bibliography is amazing.
Hpw she has added is how it relates to being in th I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I’d get much out of this book. What she has added is how it relates to being in the job market for the first time today.
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Things that seem common sense to those of us with more experience dress for the job you want, defer to those with more time in the department apparently are not common to the newbies. These newbies my sister calls them the soccer trophy generation are the ones raised to believe hlw they are the deity’s gift to humanity and that showing up every day 30 minutes late wearing jeans and a T-shirt is perfectly acceptable.
I’m sure everyone works with or knows of the bee who feels like it’s a thrill for you just too be in the same room with him. Hustad gives them the rundown on everything from dressing to etiquette to networking. What past thought was and what the current thinking is. Everyone from Napoleon Hill to Donald Trump is included. She comes off as smart, sassy, and essentially likeable – like an older sibling giving you the low down. I want to get a bunch of copies of this book to hand out to all the kids who are about to graduate from both high school and college.
Fine, with some interesting bits, but seemed overall a bit formulaic: I guess the impression it made on me was that it was in the genre that reads a bit like a term paper. Yes, the author’s digested a load of books for the reader’s benefit, but it almost feels like they don’t really know any more than you do about the subject and they could have used th Fine, with some interesting bits, but seemed overall a bit formulaic: Yes, the author’s digested a load of books for the reader’s benefit, but it almost feels like they don’t really know any more than you do about the subject and they could have used the same approach to write about anything at all.
This doesn’t quite get it right because obviously, they do know more about it than me, having read so much about it.
I guess perhaps what makes this distinctive is that these books read a bit more like you’re flicking through one of bs books that summarises ” books to read before you die”, or whatever, than a genuine synthesis of a subject. But I will say that this is being pretty harsh. It’s not a bad book, and parts are quite hustae. At once a history of self-help books, and a practical usefu. I liked it a lot. The author is very sharp. Jun 11, Kelsey rated it did not like it.
This book is bullshit. May 14, Rachel rated it liked it. Aug 29, Jessie rated it really liked it Shelves: Got a lot out of this book and can see me rereading it again some day. I loved her tone about work, it instantly wanted me to be more positive and enthusiastic and put-together.
Some notes, just because I don’t know where else to store them: Encourages importance of low level work errands, etc although this ge Got a lot out of this book and can see me rereading justad again some day. Encourages importance of low level work errands, etc although this worries me a bit from a feminist perspective – she is writing to both men and women. Later talks about the importance of no, after you’ve spent your time volunteering.
Am realizing how right my instincts are to do things outside my job description in general, and to be enthusiastic, and am seeing that my negative coworkers are hurting themselves a lot, and this is maybe the main reason why I’m always so well liked.
Always listing concerns is a transparent attempt to seem smart. Better to be enthusiastic. Pay more attention to others feelings than your own and have some signature empty space questions: What was your first job? Be always curious of others. Know that everyone is self absorbed. There is value in not always excelling!
Keeps people more comfortable with you. However she argues you have an audience and therefore your competence and dedication has to be preformed. Defends looking busy late emails, unnecessary note taking in meetings, etc You don’t need all the gold stars anymore so huge. It’s powerful to not need the gold stars.
Jul 28, Brendan rated it it was ok. Hardest read in recent memory. I felt as if I was reading a crappy Cliffs Notes version of all of the great books she referenced throughout How to be Useful.
I typically am rather kind or near-mute in my reviews but when she referred to Warren Buffet as the “Prophet of Omaha” instead of the” Oracle of Omaha” as he is known, I had to say something. I am now taking everything I “learned” from this book with a grain of salt. I recommend bibliophiles to check out the or Juvenile and monotonous.
I recommend bibliophiles to check out the original books she mentions as not to skimp on something that may be important in your future careers.
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Aug 08, Gail Park rated it it was ok. Aug 02, Kate rated it it was amazing. I particularly liked the essays and excerpts from Helen Gurley Brown on how women in the workplace fought for equality in overt If you’re looking for a somber manual on how to get ahead in business without really trying, keep browsing the self-help section.
Jun 01, Nathaniel Teeter rated it it was amazing Shelves: A very entertaining and inspiring book–especially for the disenchanted or those with the beginnings of a desire to do even better professionally.
This was the second time I read this uow first was last year. usedul
How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work
It’s painfully good and hurt to read and see many blunders of the workplace I had already muddled my way through. I chose to read it a second time because there are a lot of good nuggets of wisdom and advice put forth by the author that I wanted to put into practice.
I found that during A very entertaining and inspiring book–especially for the disenchanted or those with the beginnings of a desire to do even better professionally. I found that during the second reading I noticed more of the things I had always been doing right by accident or natural inclinations instead of just the mistakes I had made. I recall being offended when my grandpa gave me “How to Win Friends and Influence People” when I graduated college, and feeling talked-down-to for being given “The 7 habits of highly effective people.
But the glory of this book is that I now am able to see the sense in these others, and while all the information may not be useful, it might still be worth knowing.
This will now be the first of many other “success literature” books I will be reading.