About Robert Goldman

Robert Goldman

Robert Goldman

As a business humor writer, Bob Goldman believes that his readers should skyrocket ahead in their careers and make tons of money. What sets Bob apart is his belief that his readers should have these advantages without going to trouble of actually having to do any work. Toward this end, he provides the practical tips and attitude adjustments that guarantee laughter, if not financial success.

Born in White Plains, N.Y., Bob graduated from Colorado College. Using the writing skills he honed while not doing any schoolwork, he crafted an essay that gained him admission to the prestigious University of Chicago School of Business. Intent on proving his success-without-effort philosophy, Bob ended his first semester with four F's and one D, prompting his adviser to comment, "You obviously spent too much time on one subject." Sensing that his gifts might be better applied to the practical world of business, Bob left the ivory tower to become a successful advertising copywriter at huge multinational firms in whose bureaucratic superstructure he always found a place to hang his hat--and his hammock.

In between writing ads for detergent and computers, he found time to write articles for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, GQ and Rolling Stone. His column, Work Daze, is a finger in the eye for business blowhards and boardroom braggarts.

The father of three children, Bob lives near San Francisco in a newly remodeled house for which he will be paying for many happy decades to come.

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Workaholics of the World, Unite! Sep 12, 2019

There are a lot of names your co-workers could call you, but workaholic isn't one of them. That's not right. Just because you do almost no work doesn't mean that you're not a workaholic. You're simply a workaholic when it comes to not working. Put an... Read More

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Thank You for Nothing Sep 05, 2019

Listen, I know you really like this column. I'm thrilled that reading my well-chosen, artisanal words every week is the high point of your drab existence. What I don't understand is why you don't send a thank-you note. Would it really kill you to ta... Read More

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From Kind to Insulting to Kind Again Aug 29, 2019

Bob Goldman is off this week. The following column is by Lindsey Novak. Q: I have worked closely with a colleague for more than six years. Each time I thought I knew her, she changed personalities. She started out as kind and helpful, always willing... Read More

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What to Do When a Boss Doesn't Act Like One Aug 22, 2019

Bob Goldman is off this week. The following column is by Lindsey Novak. Q: I worked at a charity-run store for one year. Our manager was an alcoholic, but we didn't know it until he fell off the wagon. He had moved closer to the store to avoid a lo... Read More