[Summary] Works Well With Others

Works Well With Others” by Ross McCammon tackles some of the thorny issues in our professional lives, such as job interviews, day to day workings relationships with colleagues, superiors and clients.

Humorous, quick to read, and an all around fun experience, “Works Well With Others” is a go-to book for those who want to learn the ropes of the office environment, and offers quite a few actionable tips and tricks to help you survive through an office job. It is a useful book even for managers who want to maintain a healthy work environment.

Since all the information in the book is easily condensible in bite sized chunks, they can be easily presented in bullet lists.

The job interview

  • Recruiters really want to get you hired, because they get paid for it. So befriend them and help them help you.
  • Be on time to interviews.
  • Be honest with the recruiter.
  • Don’t be a passive vegetable. Ask questions.

Your work colleagues

  • Make eye contact
  • Don’t look down at the floor
  • Don’t use the words “I’m sorry”. Just take responsibility for your actions.
  • Be clear in your phrasing and make yourself easily understood.
  • When holding a toast, make sure you have some notes to concentrate your mind and keep track of what’s important.
  • Wear the right clothes for your job, and the company.