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The Ape in the Corner Office - Understanding the Office Beast in All of Us

Richard Conniff

Tired of swimming with the sharks? Fed up with that big ape down the hall? Real animals can teach us better ways to thrive in the workplace jungle. You're ambitious and want to get ahead, but what's the best way to do it? Become the biggest, baddest predator? The proverbial 800-pound gorilla? Or does nature teach you to be more subtle and sophisticated? Richard Conniff, the acclaimed author of The Natural History of the Rich, has survived savage beasts in the workplace jungle, where he hooted and preened in the corner office as a publishing executive. He's also spent time studying how animals operate in the real jungles of the Amazon and the African bush. What he shows in The Ape in the Corner Office is that nature built you to be nice. Doing favors, grooming coworkers with kind words, building coalitions-these tools for getting ahead come straight from the jungle. The stereotypical Darwinian hard-charger supposedly thinks only about accumulating resources. But highly effective apes know it's often smarter to give them away. That doesn't mean it's a peaceable kingdom out there, however. Conniff shows that you can become more effective by understanding how other species negotiate the tricky balance between conflict and cooperation. Conniff quotes one biologist on a chimpanzee's obsession with rank: "His attempts to maintain and achieve alpha status are cunning, persistent, energetic, and time-consuming. They affect whom he travels with, whom he grooms, where he glances, how often he scratches, where he goes, what times he gets up in the morning." Sound familiar? It's the same behavior you can find written up in any issue of BusinessWeek or The Wall Street Journal. The Ape in the Corner Office connects with the day-to-day of the workplace because it helps explain what people are really concerned about: How come he got the wing chair with the gold trim? How can I survive as that big ape's subordinate without becoming a spineless yes-man? Why does being a lone wolf mean being a loser? And, yes, why is it that je

Tired of swimming with the sharks? Fed up with that big ape down the hall? Real animals can teach us better ways to thrive in the workplace jungle. You're ambitious and want to get ahead, but what's the best way to do it? Become the biggest, baddest predator? The proverbial 800-pound gorilla? Or does nature teach you to be more subtle and sophisticated? Richard Conniff, the acclaimed author of The Natural History of the Rich, has survived savage beasts in the workplace jungle, where he hooted and preened in the corner office as a publishing executive. He's also spent time studying how animals operate in the real jungles of the Amazon and the African bush. What he shows in The Ape in the Corner Office is that nature built you to be nice. Doing favors, grooming coworkers with kind words, building coalitions-these tools for getting ahead come straight from the jungle. The stereotypical Darwinian hard-charger supposedly thinks only about accumulating resources. But highly effective apes know it's often smarter to give them away. That doesn't mean it's a peaceable kingdom out there, however. Conniff shows that you can become more effective by understanding how other species negotiate the tricky balance between conflict and cooperation. Conniff quotes one biologist on a chimpanzee's obsession with rank: "His attempts to maintain and achieve alpha status are cunning, persistent, energetic, and time-consuming. They affect whom he travels with, whom he grooms, where he glances, how often he scratches, where he goes, what times he gets up in the morning." Sound familiar? It's the same behavior you can find written up in any issue of BusinessWeek or The Wall Street Journal. The Ape in the Corner Office connects with the day-to-day of the workplace because it helps explain what people are really concerned about: How come he got the wing chair with the gold trim? How can I survive as that big ape's subordinate without becoming a spineless yes-man? Why does being a lone wolf mean being a loser? And, yes, why is it that je
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Tired of swimming with the sharks? Fed up with that big ape down the hall? Real animals can teach us better ways to thrive in the workplace jungle. You're ambitious and want to get ahead, but what's the best way to do it? Become the biggest, baddest predator? The proverbial 800-pound gorilla? Or does nature teach you to be more subtle and sophisticated? Richard Conniff, the acclaimed author of The Natural History of the Rich, has survived savage beasts in the workplace jungle, where he hooted and preened in the corner office as a publishing executive. He's also spent time studying how animals operate in the real jungles of the Amazon and the African bush. What he shows in The Ape in the Corner Office is that nature built you to be nice. Doing favors, grooming coworkers with kind words, building coalitions-these tools for getting ahead come straight from the jungle. The stereotypical Darwinian hard-charger supposedly thinks only about accumulating resources. But highly effective apes know it's often smarter to give them away. That doesn't mean it's a peaceable kingdom out there, however. Conniff shows that you can become more effective by understanding how other species negotiate the tricky balance between conflict and cooperation. Conniff quotes one biologist on a chimpanzee's obsession with rank: "His attempts to maintain and achieve alpha status are cunning, persistent, energetic, and time-consuming. They affect whom he travels with, whom he grooms, where he glances, how often he scratches, where he goes, what times he gets up in the morning." Sound familiar? It's the same behavior you can find written up in any issue of BusinessWeek or The Wall Street Journal. The Ape in the Corner Office connects with the day-to-day of the workplace because it helps explain what people are really concerned about: How come he got the wing chair with the gold trim? How can I survive as that big ape's subordinate without becoming a spineless yes-man? Why does being a lone wolf mean being a loser? And, yes, why is it that je

Language:

English

Narrators:

Don Leslie

Length:

13h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:17


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:14


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:51


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:57


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:30


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:44


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:48


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

01:37


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

00:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:28


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:26


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:09


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:32


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:04


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:53


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:59


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:01


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:23


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:11


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:54


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

01:38


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

00:49


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:34


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:12


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:24


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:38


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:15


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:43


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:28


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:03


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:41


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

01:59


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:27


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

01:26


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:16


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:12


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:04


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:20


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:43


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:30


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:30


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:44


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:28


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:04


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:35


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

01:28


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:17


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:40


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

01:40


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:31


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:21


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:20


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:41


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:05


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:20


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:19


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:42


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:21


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:22


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:27


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:38


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

01:28


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:09


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

01:52


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:55


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

01:08


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:50


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:35


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:36


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

02:42


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

02:04


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

02:30


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

02:37


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

02:33


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:58


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

01:32


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:29


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

02:47


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

02:21


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:38


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

01:54


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:01


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:05


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:47


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

02:16


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:38


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:16


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

02:09


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:15


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

02:49


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

02:46


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:30


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:53


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

02:04


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

01:44


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:57


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

01:30


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:16


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

02:57


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:41


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:19


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:38


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

02:40


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

02:13


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:16


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:19


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

02:44


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:46


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:50


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:12


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

01:58


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

01:17


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

03:24


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

02:55


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:25


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

02:23


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

02:58


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

03:32


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

02:42


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

02:40


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:12


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

01:57


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

02:10


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:43


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

03:23


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

03:22


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

01:36


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

03:34


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

03:41


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

01:28


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

02:53


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:19


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

02:05


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

03:42


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

03:19


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

01:31


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

03:23


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

03:19


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

01:55


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

03:26


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

01:27


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

03:36


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

03:30


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

03:42


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

02:57

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