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The Ape in the Corner Office - How to Make Friends, Win Fights and Work Smarter by Understanding Human Nature

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:

Rick Adamson

Length:

4h 54m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:49


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:02


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:03


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:17


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:36


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:37


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:56


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:55


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:33