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NO ASSH$#%S™ Company meets "The No Asshole Rule" Author

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

Ten years ago, a book debuted that changed everything.  “The No Asshole Rule”, is a survival guide to maneuvering horrific corporate culture. Here at Samuelson Furniture, we’ve been espousing this essential rule for four generations.

Author and Professor Robert Sutton is returning this September with a new volume called “The Asshole Survival Guide.” As the patron saint of NO ASSH$#%S™,  Professor of Management Science and Engineering and Professor of Organizational Behavior (by courtesy) at Stanford, we wanted to confirm that here at Samuelson we’re living up to our NO ASSH$#%™ promise. So, we sat Sutton down with our CEO Lawrence Chalfin for an in-depth conversation about the business of ASSH$#%S™, what to do about them, and to be sure our lives are ASSH$#%™ free.

According to Sutton, we can all be ASSH$#%S™ from time to time. But it’s those that stay stuck in that mode that become certified ASSH$#%S™. Those people can destroy workplace moral, causing good people to under perform. “People suffer physical and mental health problems, and are more likely to quit, when you have certified ASSH$#%S™ around,” said Sutton.

Chalfin knows his fair share about ASSH$#%S™. Though the hospitality business is remarkably low on total ASSH$#%™ count, he learned early on that ASSH$#%S™, ASSH$#%™ everything up. That results in not just bad attitudes, but sub par work.

“I came around to this No ASSH$#%S™ thing while doing a presentation for a large design firm years ago. Without warning, that team started talking about an ASSH$#%™ within their company causing many detrimental issues in the organization. I don’t think they remembered I was there, but then it hit me. I told them I don’t have a single ASSH$#%™ that works for me,” said Chalfin. “We got the deal and a long-lasting relationship too. And yes, that company is now ASSH$#%™ free.”

ASSH$#%S™ Ruin Everything!

Chalfin points out he feels a single ASSH$#%™ can pull an entire organization down, as a caustic individual makes everyone feel on edge, and takes focus away from necessary tasks.

Sutton agrees. He points out his research on this topic points to an incredible drop in overall performance of upwards of 40%. What an ASSH$#%™ thing to do!

“When you have someone on your team that’s an ASSH$#%™, you deal with them and not the work. Bad behavior is contagious, especially if it’s the boss. If you have a bad encounter with the boss, it has five times the effect on mood compared to good encounter. That poisons the work atmosphere in general,” said Sutton.

Don’t Hire ASSH$#%S™

If something doesn’t seem right during the hiring process, beware of an ASSH$#%™.

Chalfin says it’s up to everyone in the company to contribute to a positive work environment, starting with him at the top. Then it trickles down to everyone else. “What you give off; that’s the feeling you engender in people. I try to set up an atmosphere where anyone can say anything to me; if they say it in the way they’d want me to say it to them. That is true of the entire organization and all our people.”

Sutton agreed, urging people to not confuse the NO ASSH$#%™ rule with eliminating conflict. Conflict is an inherent part to success. After all, if everyone agreed on everything, we would lose a valuable way to push each oth