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Fortysomething, photographer slacker, working in IT, living in Greenwich; failed polymath; drinks and eats too much, reads too little...

The Art of Demotivation - E.L. Kersten, Kevin Sprouls A gift from a team member to 'celebrate' my promotion, she was less impressed when I took some of the book's suggestions to heart and tried to actually implement them...

The books is a slightly-less-than-serious guide for people managers. The key underlying theme is that demotivated staff are less likely to leave the company, cause trouble or challenge for your position in the hierarchy.

My favourite suggestion was to always carry a bottle of anti-bac with you and use it to wash your hands immediately after shaking hands with anybody lower than yourself in the organisation.

The book even comes with a second cover to make it look like a proper management guide book so your employees don't realise where you're getting all your good management skills from!