Puttin' Cologne on the Rickshaw: A Guide to Dysfunctional Management and the Evil Workplace Environments They Create

William Bouffard (Author)


Puttin' Cologne on the Rickshaw is dedicated to understanding and combating the proliferation of rude and uncivil behavior in our society and especially the workplace. It analyzes the myriad games people play (from pyromania to divide and conquer to stump the dummy) and the impression management and personal branding techniques, which when coupled with office politics, lead to the downright evil cultures present in today's modern dysfunctional workplace. It analyzes the ranks of the sociopaths and sycophants that populate the average workplace and the backstabbing methods they use to better their careers at the expense of yours. It also takes aim and investigates the most onerous behavior of them all; bullying in all its forms. It pokes fun at the organizational structure and hierarchy that begets the fiefdom mentality, lack of constructive teamwork or communication in today's workplace. It uncovers how management, including your own boss and co-workers can and will sabotage your career without you even knowing it. It explores the power of stupidity and the real fuel that powers the workplace; bullshit. It exposes the management and leadership abyss and the problems of organizational amnesia, plausible deniability & blamestorming and fear of surprise and how they all infect and poison the workplace culture and drive the workplace to resemble little better than an insane asylum. It lampoons the infamous performance review and pay for performance processes and analyzes the most dreaded useless and hated workplace event of all-the meeting. It delves into meeting mechanics and the rodeo atmosphere that you'll discover you must endure in your daily meeting routine. It mixes in sage advice on how to survive the modern workplace and become a true leader in spite of what goes on around you.

Product Details

William Bouffard
Publish Date
July 05, 2012
8.0 X 0.81 X 10.0 inches | 1.72 pounds
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About the Author

Mr. Bouffard is an accomplished leader whose common sense and instincts have made him a success in a wide array of firms, from Fortune 500 companies to start-up enterprises. Mr. Bouffard has exceled using his genuine, down to earth, hands-on leadership style which has allowed him to be successful in a variety of industries and demanding business environments. Mr. Bouffard is a retired management executive who has spent much of his career in positions overseeing people at differing professional levels. His exposure to the oftentimes absurd and brutal world of management provided the experience, insight and backdrop for this book. The idea for this book started ten years earlier as he witnessed the management suite becoming more and more competitive, uncivil and cut-throat and taken over by the sociopathic element of our society. People entering business need to know what the modern workplace is truly like. In his career Mr. Bouffard worked his way up from very humble beginnings to the executive management suite observing, and being forced to participate in, all the political and personal games that are played, day in and day out, in the average workplace. With this in-depth knowledge and first-hand experience he is in a unique position to write a tell-all confession exposing the modern workplace in its true form. Mr. Bouffard hopes the reader will take away an in-depth appreciation of the complexity of the behaviors typically observed in the workplace. By doing this the reader, if new to the world of business, can prepare for the inevitable abuse they must endure to be successful. Mr. Bouffard lives in San Diego, California, with his wife Mary. He has two children and four grandchildren. This is his first book. Mr. Bouffard can be reached on his blog at puttincologneontherickshaw.com, [email protected]