Nice Guys Can Get the Corner Office

Eight Strategies for Winning in Business Without Being a Jerk

Russ C. Edelman, Tim R. Hiltabiddle, Charles Manz

Portfolio, July 2008

Many people suffer from Nice Guy Syndrome, held back from higher levels of success by being too selfless at work. It’s a tricky problem, because if you start to think that being nice is bad, it’s easy to overcompensate with selfishness, intimidation, and intense aggression.

The founders of Nice Guy Strategies teach that nice is not about being weak or soft—that you can hang on to your morals, compassion, and sincerity and still get ahead. The key is to draw on eight practical strategies— The Nice Guy Bill of Rights—that will help you find the right balance.

Each chapter shares insights and stories from both ordinary nice guys and celebrity executives.

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About the Author

Russ Edelman, Tim Hiltabiddle, and Charles Manz are co-founders of the consulting firm Nice Guy Strategies. Edelman is an entrepreneur with two successful technology-consulting companies to his credit.  Hiltabiddle is a partner and Chief Creative Officer in a marketing firm. Manz is a chaired professor of leadership at the University of Massachusetts who has authored several other books.  They have evolved the concept of Nice Guy Strategies into a business-oriented reality that has meaning and appeal to virtually every person in the business community