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Helping Solve the Army’s Asshole Problem One Asshole at a Time

If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem…so I am often told anyway.  In light of this, I’ve decided to become a part of the solution to the Army’s asshole problem.  I’ve posted this simple test to help Army leaders determine if they are, in fact, an asshole.  The test is based on principles from the book The No Asshole Rule by Dr. Robert Sutton, mentioned previously in my post about the relief of COL Frank Zarchar (a certified asshole).  The test is simple.  Read each statement, then record on a separate sheet of paper how often you exhibit the behavior in question: often, sometimes, or rarely.

How often do you do engage in the following:

  • Personal insults
  • Invading one’s personal territory
  • Uninvited personal contact
  • Threats and intimidation, both verbal and non-verbal
  • Sarcastic jokes and teasing used as insult delivery systems
  • Withering email flames
  • Status slaps intended to humiliate their victims
  • Public shaming or status degradation rituals
  • Rude interruptions
  • Two-faced attacks
  • Dirty looks
  • Treating people as if they are invisible(Read more: http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/10/you_have_to_lov.html#ixzz1FgdA7etz)If you find that you engage in many or all of these behaviors often, you might be an asshole.  If you find you are an asshole, congratulations – you are probably going to go far in the Army.  As a courtesy, please send me your first and last name, as well as your current assignment, so I can ensure I never have to serve in your command.  Lastly, I dedicate the following song to you:
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    1. ron
      September 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      I went AWOL from a nasty guard unit as all were stupid assholes. Glad I was never in the R. Army, I’d be courted out.

    1. March 31, 2011 at 7:06 am

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