How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work [Megan Hustad] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. There’s a lot of career advice . Megan Hustad. · Rating details · ratings · 63 reviews. A delightfully original, unerringly hip, yet marvelously practical handbook for a new and slightly . Megan Hustad worked at Knopf, Basic Books, and Counterpoint Press before leaving publishing to write a book about the unexpectedly.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. If you remembered to call in with your regrets at 4: You ever notice how some people like to arrive at the office a little late, say, fifteen to thirty minutes late, but every single day? The title is right – this really is a beginner’s book.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Peopleetc. Max Welcome to the Working Week 2: Hustad jseful give us some “Usefulness Training” based on our own first-job hijinks. Thing is, the impulse to cough up withering assessments of proposals, scripts, or what have you, is strong. In “How to Be Useful”, Megan Hustad dismantles the myths of getting ahead and helps you navigate the choppy waters of office life.

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Just finished a section on how being positive at work is so important, yet antithetical to what may be learned in the classroom where being critical is showing that we KNOW something! Hardest read in recent memory.

To ask other readers questions about How to Be Usefulplease sign up. The best lesson I learned – even if you are right, it isn’t always worth making sure your boss knows you are right. Always listing concerns is a transparent attempt to seem smart. I don’t hate work. I have been told on multip The title is right – this really is a beginner’s book. Max Welcome to the Working Week 3: This isn’t a self-help book. I’m from the generation of managers before your Time to put aside your objections to blatant cries for help.

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She’ll also try to tease out the misguided assumptions we held upon entering the workforce, and to explain how we might have conducted ourselves more helpfully. A great quick overview of the important career advice books from the last century. Covey and Donald Trump. He found her writing very entertaining, as well as informative. Maybe more in the way of stories, rather than advice?

Chapter 1 was called “on being a poseur” and about how working in Corporate America DOES require you to act differently.

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The authors include everyone from Dale Carnegie to Emily Post to Helen Gurley Brown, husgad some bizarre and fascinating obscure characters; most chapters focus on one individual work or author.

And, oh yeah, passports. 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.

There’s much to learn from the values espoused by the bestsellers cited by Hustad: Hardcoverpages.

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Megan Hustad seems like someone you could have a cocktail with in a Manhattan bar, and while you were sitting there chatting over drinks, she would entertain you with her witty overview of American self-help literature from the past century. Trivia About How to Be Useful Feb 07, Sue rated it really liked it Shelves: Of course, I was away from my desk for two solid hours, and to anyone who saw me lolling in the park, I’d look like a student or trustafarian.


Post knew precisely how stodgy Old Money was, and how loath they were to welcome outsiders. At once a history of self-help books, and a practical guide. Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: Essentially, this is a literature review of all those books the bibliography is amazing.

Although I did end up reading the entire book, I frequently wondered why I was bothering to keep reading. There is usfful in not always excelling!

How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work by Megan Hustad

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. The writing style of the book, however, was quite difficult for me to follow. From there my trajectory was decidedly downward. Aug 02, Kate rated it it was amazing. Oh, and it’s not only that mental-health days are sometimes necessary. But I’m guessing it wouldn’t win me any howw for professionalism.

The advice are totally humane whilst being strictly context specific for office use. You’ve landed the job. Jul 28, Brendan rated it it hod ok.