Some people can kiss ass naturally, some can’t do it to save their lives, and many just don’t know how!
Kissing Ass: The Art of Office Politics is a no-bullshit, jargon-free, non-sloppy guide that breaks own typical workplace situations and offers you not textbook advice but real sucking-up solutions to them. From nervous first days to elated farewell mails, Kissing Ass gives you tips and tricks on how to act, react, or play dumb as per the scenario. Learn different types of ego massage techniques, what to say to the CEO in the loo, how to reply to work emails over weekends, and, yes, even how to deal with sex at work! So polish your corporate lips, pucker up, and get ready to kiss your way to success.
I call Kissing Ass as our own Desi Dilbert Principle. And Clyde is as cynical as Scott Adams is about workplace.
Clyde finds Kissing Ass reality right from your interview to emails, presentations, coffee and your blackberry too. And he charts that reality with humor and elegant touch of caricatures.
Kissing Ass is heavily satirical and gives you a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. Clyde convinces you that politics is everywhere around and offers a lot of practical approaches making this book look as a guide. You will have practical solutions for almost everything you can experience at workplace. Read it for its office satire & humor.
And now, please welcome Clyde. Clyde is a fun person really and you can guess his wittiness right from his mails too. Clyde D’Souza has produced TV shows, written scripts, created annoying caller tunes, and bastardized content for clients. He has kissed ass at media companies like JAM, MTV and 9X Media. He lives in Mumbai and is currently stuck in traffic.
Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Clyde.
Me: What inspired you to write a humorous take on office politics ?
Clyde: Pretty girls! One day I was browsing through the business section of a bookstore and noticed that it was filled with balding professionals. The only way to get girls there was to write a fun and funny take on office politics :). But honestly I wanted to write something that would deal with real office issues and make people laugh at the same time.
Me: When and where did you develop the workplace cynicism ?
Clyde: Actually there is no cynicism. I love the workplace. You get to dress up, conduct important meetings, make fun of the boss and to top it all there’s free a/c, internet, unlimited coffee! If it were not for work we’d all be in a mental asylum!
Me: So what do you think would have been your ex-bosses’s reaction after you got publicized ?
Clyde: They have all loved it. Every one of those bastards 🙂
Me: Where did you get the idea of including caricatures ? Can you describe the bestest one for my readers please ?
Clyde: Most self-help type books are boring and I would never read them myself. Using illustrations was a way to lighten the book, make it more visual. These days readers like a mix of words and pictures and an illustration has more impact than mere words. One of my bestest illustrations is from the Fuck! Your First Day chapter which shows a guy dressed up in school uniform with a dabba in his hand saying “Mummy I am going to office!”. This is how we all actually feel on the first day to work – like nervous school kids.
Me: What do you want the readers to take your book as? Self-help or a guide ?
Clyde: I am happy whichever way a reader takes the book. Even if they use it to throw it at their boss! For me it is a self-help funny no nonsense guide! A book that tells it like it is.
Me: Do you think mastering the art of office politics can be a mantra for a successful career?
Clyde: A lot of people think politics is restricted to our aging politicians when actually all of us are always playing politics. At our workplace, with our partners, mothers, dogs. So whether we like it or not mastering politics can help us have successful careers, relationships and life’s.
Me: Is there any particular reason for including examples like that of Shashi Tharoor in the book ?
Clyde: Don’t we all love Shashi Tharoor?! No reason really – I have used real life examples throughout the book as a tool to bring case studies to life. Popular Indian references help get the point across better.
Me: Can you describe your current workplace in Kissing Ass way? 🙂
Clyde: That’s going to be in the second edition of the book 🙂 Stay posted…
Me: Ok, we want the most annoying caller tune you have created. Please !!!!
Clyde: Don’t have any right now but I think they were all annoying. Isn’t that the point of caller tunes 🙂
Thank You Clyde 🙂