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'SOAR ABOVE THE MADNESS' | A review Authors come to the rescue, making workplace tolerable



Published: Sun, August 18, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The illustrations, photographs and humorous office jargon make for entertaining reading.

By KATIE-NELL SCANLON

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

"Soar Above the Madness" by Miriam Drennan and Joel Anderson (Rutledge Hill Press, $12.99)

Work. It's inevitable that at some point in your life, you're going to have a job. Getting and keeping a job are necessary for human existence.

The working world is filled with bosses, co-workers, cubicles, memos, meetings, motivational workshops ... you get the point.

But believe it or not, some have found ways to cope with it, and two in particular have decided to come to the rescue.

"Soar Above the Madness," by Miriam Drennan and Joel Anderson, comically depicts the realities of the workplace and how to survive an office of not-so-likable peers.

By following some simple strategies, from translating the boss' vocabulary to rating oneself on teamwork, achievement and compassion, employees can learn how to navigate the office territory and stomp on the midday blues.

Helpful hints

The guide is filled with "nuggets o' wisdom," recommendations for how to prioritize work time and what to do and what not to do on a sick day. A glossary of professional terms, like average day and confrontation, helps clear up some fuzzy office misunderstandings.

Readers will find profiles of theirfavorite office characters, such as "Glory Swiper," stealer of thunder; "Foodie," the office refrigerator; and "Brownie," office kiss-up.

Tips for handling work-related situations, such as responding to customers, office gossip and getting ahead, are addressed within the 89 pages.

The illustrations, photographs and humorous office jargon make for easy, entertaining reading.

The spoofy design can be credited to Anderson, co-founder of the graphic design firm, Anderson Thomas Design in Nashville, Tenn. He is also an Emmy, ADDY and Dove award winner.

Although this reference book is unlikely to turn mailroom workers into CEO's, Drennan and Anderson reveal an "at your own risk" method for readers to make their way to the top or at least create amusing office code names.

They warn from the start that "if you learn nothing else after studying this book, learn not to take it all seriously."

kscanlon@vindy.com




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