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The Weary Optimist: Bad Bosses, Bad Jobs, Bad Sex and "The 36 Reasons to Be Glad You Don't Work in Human Resources" (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Dale Dauten

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"I rarely find comic novels actually funny, so when I say The Weary Optimist is the funniest book I’ve read in years, it really means something—I mean truly LOL funny. I even read passages aloud to friends. 'Win-Win' Cheeseley is an unforgettable character who brings a whole new meaning to the term 'Human Resources.'"

Mark Nykanen,winner of four national Emmys for investigative journalism and author of Burn Down the Sky and Carry the Flame

If you take a line from the Bertie and Jeeves novels of P.G. Wodehouse, through Garrison Keillor’s Lake Woebegone stories, and the television series The Office, you arrive at Dale Dauten’s The Weary Optimist.

Join the misadventures of HR Director “Win-Win” Cheeseley as he deals with his company’s CEO, Gerald “Genghis” Cone, and Cone’s amorous daughter, Carlota, along with harassment complaints, police visits, executive kidnappers, and even Vladimir Putin.

Beneath the laughs you’ll find a wry contemplation of business, capitalism, and modern life.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende


For many years Dale wrote the syndicated newspaper column “The Corporate Curmudgeon” and now co-authors with J.T. O’Donnell the country’s leading column on careers.

He has also authored seven non-fiction books on leadership and innovation. His early work prompted a government publication to name him a “guru” to White House staffers, and since then, his business books have developed a worldwide following, most notably in Japan.

Early in his career, Dale worked for two major corporations and two consulting firms. He now works as an innovation consultant as founder of The Innovators’ Lab®.

He is married, with three children, is a recent convert to Catholicism, a hiker and tennis player, and when asked in an interview to name his three best traits, he replied, “an open mind, a soft heart, and excellent calf muscles.” Two of those three are apparent in his writing. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

This is his first novel.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 513 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 266 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0989706109
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00F2RIQQ6
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Is this a business book masquerading as a novel, or a novel...... 1. Februar 2014
Von Adolph Santorine Jr. - Veröffentlicht auf
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It's an entertaining read. Early in the book, I knew I worked with these kinds of characters. When you read it, you'll admit that you did too.

Gengis Cone was perfect. Reminded me of the first CEO I had to deal with, and remember not to comment on any of the shortcomings he does not have.

Of course, Win-Win Cheesely, the "hero" was everything that is mediocre and simultaneously great about HR "gatekeepers"

Buy it. Read it, and read into it. Dale Dauten has been one of my management guru's since I latched onto his first book, and he has the unique blend of "different" and "brilliant". Remember - Different is not always better, but better is always different. You'll unchain your brain with this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A hilarious view of what business is really like. 27. Dezember 2013
Von Kenneth J. Ciszewski - Veröffentlicht auf
I am in awe. The book is cynical, sarcastic, hilarious and "dead on" real all at the same time. It shows what real business is like, in my experience.

And... Wow! The ending was a complete surprise!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I had a good time...not perfect, but fun. 1. Februar 2014
Von William E. Adams - Veröffentlicht auf
Created in the form of a blog aimed at a nephew who wants, like the hero, to be a Human Resources officer in a corporation, with the stated goal of dissuading him, Dale's book delighted me up until about 60 pages were left. Then a major plot development challenged my willing suspension of disbelief, so vital to the enjoyment of novels, plays and films. It did not ruin the book for me, and as this twist in the tale progressed, I began to enjoy it. I had a few really big laughs during this journey with Dauten, and a ton of smiles. Although my experiences working in situations where my employer actually had a human resources department were limited to summer jobs during college at Proctor and Gamble and for the New Jersey State Police, I could identify with many of the worker dilemmas that Dauten's hero encountered. I have worked with incompetent bosses, unethical ones, and mean ones. I have had to cover for untalented employees and supervise the talented but exasperating. Dale Dauten came to my attention a few decades ago when I got hooked on reading his syndicated business column. He seems like a class guy, yet approachable by us peons. His first novel shows that he has talent for fiction, albeit not yet fully realized. I have never forgotten one of his long-ago business columns in which he described his encounter with the owner of a bakery which was not doing well financially. Can you spot the flaw in the owner's thought processes? Dale discovered that the store had created cinnamon rolls which were so popular that they sold out within an hour or two of the daily opening, and so many customers were mad that they could not get there fast enough to buy some, the owner dropped the item from his menu. Well, Dale's novel "The Weary Optimist" won't have to deal with that problem, but if it had been perfect, and wildly popular, you can bet that Dauten would print more copies rather than give up novel writing and try to sell old business column reprints instead. I like his sense of humor, and I wish him well. I liked his main character, Win-Win Cheeseley, and Win's pal Reggie. I liked Win-Win's take on the joys and sorrows of the "human resources" game. This is light entertainment for sure, but I could hardly put it down long enough to do my own job these past few days.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not up to usual high quality 18. Juni 2014
Von Scott A. Prost-domasky - Veröffentlicht auf
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The author used to write a business related newsletter that focused more on personal issues with workers. His writing is usually pretty good, sometimes humorous and/or witty, not always, but always insightful. This book started out great, with humor, wit, insight, the usual, but then devolved into a smutty novelette. If you like Dauten for what he has written before this, skip this book. But if you like a change of pace, it's a quick and sometimes interesting read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Breathtaking Satire 23. Februar 2014
Von Tony Lesce - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Dale Dauten's first novel is an intense satire of the craziness of the business world. Winslow Cheesely, the central character, is vice President for Human Resources at Mundane Industries. Gerald "Genghis" Cone, the CEO, is a psychopathic personality who ruthlessly and relentlessly exploits and mistreats his employees, and is proud of it.
The story is in the form of a blog that Cheesely is writing for his nephew, urging him to find another line of work than human resources. He lays out several dozen reasons why HR is a bad choice, illustrating them with examples from his experience. "Reason #5 is that being a man in a female dominated profession means that your sexuality is constantly questioned." In Cheesely's company, people think he's gay, which causes him a lot of embarrassment.
Another is "Reason #15 to be glad you don't work in HR: The first day of HR summer." Employees come to Cheesely to report dress code violations, leading to various complications, including a skirmish with the CEO.
This is a real laugh out loud book, describing many events, based on real life, that happen when you have to work for a living.
While reading this book, I reflected that I was glad that I am retired, as I've seen similar events happen at companies for which I've worked.
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