Other Sellers on Amazon
Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behavior and How to Effectively Communicate with Each in Business (and in Life) Paperback – 6 October 2020
Enhance your purchase
Do you ever think you're the only one making any sense? Or tried to reason with your partner with disastrous results? Do long, rambling answers drive you crazy? Or does your colleague's abrasive manner rub you the wrong way?
You are not alone. After a disastrous meeting with a highly successful entrepreneur, who was genuinely convinced he was 'surrounded by idiots', communication expert and bestselling author, Thomas Erikson dedicated himself to understanding how people function and why we often struggle to connect with certain types of people.
Surrounded by Idiots is an international phenomenon, selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide. It offers a simple, yet ground-breaking method for assessing the personalities of people we communicate with - in and out of the office - based on four personality types (Red, Blue, Green and Yellow), and provides insights into how we can adjust the way we speak and share information.
Erikson will help you understand yourself better, hone communication and social skills, handle conflict with confidence, improve dynamics with your boss and team, and get the best out of the people you deal with and manage. He also shares simple tricks on body language, improving written communication, advice on when to back away or when to push on, and when to speak up or shut up. Packed with 'aha!' and 'oh no!' moments, Surrounded by Idiots will help you understand and communicate with those around you, even people you currently think are beyond all comprehension.
And with a bit of luck you can also be confident that the idiot out there isn't you!
Special offers and product promotions
- Get 1% off with PayNow. Discount Provided by Amazon. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)
"A useful guide to communicating with the uncommunicable ... clearly, dynamically presented and easy to grasp."--Publisher's Weekly
"Readers will be delighted. Most everyone can benefit from this book, especially those in the workplace. In addition, parents, educators, and students will find these insights valuable."--Booklist, Starred Review
About the Author
Thomas Erikson is a Swedish behavioral expert, active lecturer, and bestselling author. For more than twenty years he has been traveling all over Europe delivering lectures and seminars to executives and managers at a wide range of companies, including IKEA, Coca Cola, Microsoft, and Volvo.
Surrounded by Idiots has been a Swedish runaway bestseller since it was first published in 2014. It has sold over 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into 42 languages.
Review this product
Reviews with images
Top review from Singapore
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
By Ryan LIM on 26 May 2021
Top reviews from other countries
The author posits four different types of people, So you'd think there would be a self-assessment tool of some sort, wouldn't you? No such thing. I suppose you're meant to self-identify, but this isn't helped by a pretty strong overlap between the different types. And of course there's no offering to help you identify the other people you might meet. The author does admit that you may be a mix of more than one type, but this isn't really discussed. And there's nothing at all about how people develop and grow over time, which is important.
The self-assessment is based loosely on the DiSC model, which is highly questionable. However, in the original model the C stands for 'compliance,' but out author has changed this to 'analytical ability.' What?????????? No way, in the dictionary or in personality theory, can you equate 'compliance' with 'analytical ability.' In fact there's a strong case for saying that they're mutually exclusive, because people with strong analytical skills don't usually accept what's on offer in compliant fashion. I had to bang my head several times before I could believe that this is really what he'd written; what's happened to the profession of copy-editor? (A good copy-editor would have killed that title as much too confrontational).
There's some loose analysis of the four different types and advice on getting on with them, but the advice is so general and/or it begs the question - summarised as 'do the right thing and try not to annoy them.' And the book is difficult to read - there's no sense of structure or flow, no sense of guiding curious readers to the next thing they'll be interested in. Why this book found its way into the best-seller lists is an utter puzzle.
The cheeky title sells the book but there is nothing of value inside. Take people as you find them, and treat those you work with well, you don't need a get rich quick book to do this (author getting rich that is).
It is waste of money and time.