Dial 9 to Get Out!

Commentaries on Business Life... as Heard on Public Radio's Marketplace

David Graulich (Author)

Publication date: 06/01/1994

Dial 9 to Get Out!

Mixing warm humor, shrewd irony, and penetrating insight, commentator David Graulich gently twits the pretensions of American business and exposes the humorous truth behind the serious facade of the workplace.

Politely pointing out contradictions, unmasking absurdities, and providing badly needed perspective on the awkward situations that abound in business life, the forty-one commentaries in this book offer a humorous view of office etiquette, corporate mores, and more. Treasured as classics by Marketplace listeners, Dial 9 to Get Out! includes Graulich's pointed observations on:

  • the secrets of corporate apologies,
  • those odd little friendships formed in the office elevator,
  • the absurd ritual of the CEO visit,
  • easy steps to becoming a respected guru,
  • the universal nature of the employee lunchroom, and many more.

Graulich's sharp eye for the humor in everyday interactions will appeal to anyone who has ever held a job.

  • Regularly featured on Public Radio's "Marketplace" with an audience of 212 stations and 2 million listeners
  • A wry look at the workplace and business life

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Mixing warm humor, shrewd irony, and penetrating insight, commentator David Graulich gently twits the pretensions of American business and exposes the humorous truth behind the serious facade of the workplace.

Politely pointing out contradictions, unmasking absurdities, and providing badly needed perspective on the awkward situations that abound in business life, the forty-one commentaries in this book offer a humorous view of office etiquette, corporate mores, and more. Treasured as classics by Marketplace listeners, Dial 9 to Get Out! includes Graulich's pointed observations on:

  • the secrets of corporate apologies,
  • those odd little friendships formed in the office elevator,
  • the absurd ritual of the CEO visit,
  • easy steps to becoming a respected guru,
  • the universal nature of the employee lunchroom, and many more.

Graulich's sharp eye for the humor in everyday interactions will appeal to anyone who has ever held a job.

  • Regularly featured on Public Radio's "Marketplace" with an audience of 212 stations and 2 million listeners
  • A wry look at the workplace and business life

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Meet the Author


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David Graulich is president and founder of Maxfield Public Relations, a communications consulting firm based near San Francisco. He has observed the odd behavior of big organizations as a public relations manager at McKinsey & Company and Squibb Corporation. In addition to his Marketplace commentaries, he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Monthly. He is the author of Dial 9 to Get Out!

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Table of Contents

    Part I: The Wonderful World of Work
  • Elevator Buddy
  • Business Swearing
  • The Lunchroom
  • Carless Co-Workers
  • The Fine Art of Complaining
  • Larks and Owls
  • Gratitude Inflation
  • Thinking in the Shower
  • My Business Rock n' Roll Countdown
    Part II: The Boss: Care and Feeding of
  • When the Big Boss Comes to Visit
  • The Boss's Vacation
  • The Most Powerful People in Corporate America
  • Perks
  • Our Corporate Family
  • Symbolic Actions
    Part III: Corporate Policy
  • Apologies
  • Two-Weeks' Notice
  • Philosophical Differences
  • The Strange Case of FM2030
  • The Company Picnic
  • Welcome to Boycott City
  • Off-Site Meeting
  • In Search of the Conference Room
    Part IV: Life on the Road
  • Airborne Guilt
  • Business Hotels
  • Corporations that Disappear
  • Surviving a Trade Show
    Part V: Putting Your Money to Work, Even If it Doesn't Want to
  • Annual Meetings
  • Annual Reports
  • IPO's
  • Why Not Buy the Whole U.S.A.?
  • First-Time Home Buyers, Beware
  • Short Selling
  • Ticky Tacky Houses
    Part VI: Heroes, Gurus, and Others
  • Salute to Vinko Bogataj
  • Lincoln, Lombardi, Churchill & Einstein
  • How to Be a Business Guru
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Fast-Tracker
  • Breaking Through the Ad Clutter
  • The Doctor Will Sell You Now
  • The Karma of Car Manuals

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Endorsements

"David Graulich is the Andy Rooney of the business world. His knowledge of economics, business, and current events is blended with just the right amount of humor and wit. The results are these interesting, intriguing, and entertaining insights into our rapidly changing world."

David D. Hatch, Vice President, Organization and Management Development, PepsiCo, Inc.

"It is always a pleasure to hear this voice of humor and reason."

Keith M. Goldstein, Vice President, Investments, A.G. Edwards & Sons

"A wonderful book on how business people shouldn't take who they are and what they do too seriously. Graulich takes the everyday stuff we deal with and turns it into a smile."

William C. Heyman, President, Heyman Associates Inc.

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