This is well worth the read:
Via bobsutton.typepad.com (If Your Boss is an Asshole, Don’t Give Him or Her the Book)
One of the strange things about The No Asshole Rule that took me at least a year after public to understand well is that — although I believe the content is worth reading (after all, I took a long time to write it) — just owning, displaying, and — in particular — giving someone the book as a present (or even suggesting they read it) can have strong effects, and they are not all good. On the positive side, a senior executive at a large professional service firm reported to me that at a meeting of the firm’s partner, the CEO waived around a copy of the book and told them that whether or not the followed the rule would be factored into their compensation decision — most of them had not read the book, and didn’t read it after that, but just the act of waiving around the book and suggesting something like “and if you are a chronic asshole, we are going to push the delete button pictured on the cover” was enough to get their attention and, I am told, did help a few of the most recalcitrant jerks turn down their nastiness.
Please take some time to read the whole blog – very good advice!