Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish: Navigating the DOS and Don'ts of Workplace Culture

Peter Yawitz (Author)



​Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish helps soon-to-be-college grads and those first starting out in their careers learn how to be more than just professional-ish. It offers very funny and practical advice on truly understanding and managing life at work. Written for both American and non-American young workers, in addition to anyone else who's uncertain about how they come across at work, this book provides useful tips that can be immediately implemented to help people adapt well to their workplace culture.

In a light-hearted and conversational way, Peter Yawitz, a 30-year veteran in global communications consulting, walks readers through not only formal and written rules of office communication but also unwritten cultural norms in American companies both in the US and abroad. As "Someone Else's Dad," who offers practical advice to a new generation of workers without the nagging and judgment they might receive from their own fathers, the author gives straight talk on everything from mastering small talk, writing persuasive emails, and dealing with sneaky coworkers to managing distracted bosses and asking for a raise.

Readers will find an advocate in Yawitz, someone who can help them succeed both professionally and socially at work. They'll laugh out loud at the same time that they'll develop the insights needed to advance in their careers.

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publish Date
January 14, 2020
6.2 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 1.27 pounds
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About the Author

Peter Yawitz founded Clear Communication in 1991. He specializes in communication and marketing strategy, training, and one-on-one coaching for global organizations in a variety of disciplines, including financial services, manufacturing, economics research, technology, consumer products, and marketing. He helps people understand different audiences, break down barriers, and communicate effectively and clearly. He conducts seminars on effective communication around the world. The questions he has received from global participants of all ages and levels became fodder for Advice From Someone Else's Dad, this book, and all the information at his website www.peteryawitz.com.

​Born and raised in Manhattan, where he still lives, he received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


"Entering organizational life can be dizzying, scary, even terrifying. With wonderful, often sidesplitting humor, Yawitz provides valuable and insightful advice, so navigating the early stages of one's career is far less perilous."

--Michael C. Feiner, former Worldwide Chief People Officer, Pepsi-Cola; award-winning professor, Columbia Business School; author of The Feiner Points of Leadership

"Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish candidly introduces you to real life in the workplace, equipping you for success. Full of wish-I-had-knowns and great advice, it will save you from a whole lot of headache and heartache. This is a must-read for any new joiner to the workforce."

--Leah Cohen-Shohet, former EVP of Growth & Adoption, Symphony; Forbes 30 Under 30 list, 2019

"Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish is a great change of pace when it comes to career advice. Oftentimes, this type of content can be bland, but Yawitz manages to provide a great mix of advice and entertainment that will keep the young professional engaged."

--AJ Vaynerchuk, Co-founder, VaynerMedia, VaynerSports

"Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish offers a breezy, commonsensical, and accessible approach to navigating office life for the newly initiated. With a sense of fun, Peter Yawitz of Someone Else's Dad, manages to defuse some of the angst surrounding decision-making, while providing sensible direction. I chuckled while reading this and got some good pointers, too!"

--Regina Resnick, Sr. Associate Dean and Sr. Managing Director, Columbia Business School Career Management Center