Dogbert: Don't sell your new product for $29. Offer it at $1,000,029 with a rebate of $1,000,000. People will think it's a great bargain when in fact it's just a huge incovenience.
Pointy Haired Boss: And all we need is one person to forget to mail in the rebate forms.
Dogbert: We'll target the lazy rich.
This one clip was enough to get me to buy the 23rd offering from Scott Adam's
stable - Don't Stand Where The Comet is Assumed to Strike Oil
. In today's world as the corporate world weaves scheme after scheme to snatch that last dollar in your hand, Scott's humor is the only soothing balm. :)
This book is a loose collection of Dilbert strips relating completely to office humour. There is no central theme other than the fact they are all office humour. Given this fact, the success of the book hinges on a single factor, i.e., how good are the individual strips.
But, that has been Scott's forte all these years and he does not disappoint here as well. Strip after Strip for the whole 128 (2 to the power something) pages, he manages to stir up enough humor to keep you going till the end.
Also, the fact that Catbert, Dogbert and Pointy Haired Boss have significant roles in these strips means that the wickedness of the corporate world is exposed bare by Scott. All the other elements that you associate with Dilbert comics are present like dry humor, sarcasm, punching holes through strategies and policies and of course, the victimization of the poor employees.
1) Dogbert: Your company has become synonymous with incompetence and Crime. Stop trying to be all things to all people!! Focus on either the incompetence or the crime.
2) Pointy Haired Boss: Alice, I want you to train Ned to do everything you do. Don't worry that it will make you redundant and more easily downsizeable.
3) Pointy Haired Boss: What were your key learnings from the trip?
Dilbert: I learned that there are people you shouldn't call from a plane.
(Earlier in the day, inside a plane)
Dilbert: Hi, Jack!!
4) Dilbert: I found a hole in the internet security.
Poiny Haired Boss: What! How could you put a hole in the Internet?
Dilbert: I didn't put it there. I found it... and it's not...
Boss: It's your job to fix that hole. I want you to work 24/7!
Dilbert: Actually, that's not my job. But I'll inform our network mgmt group.
Boss: Passing the buck!! You're a Buck Passer!!!
Dilbert: Forget it! There's no hole. It got better!!
Boss: That's more like it... So today, I fixed the internet.
All in all this is another book of good office humour from Scott Adams
. I highly recommend this to people who have difficulty understanding the moves that management makes as well as people who are into management:).
I give this book a high 4 star rating.