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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The End Is Near Jan 14, 2021

The end is coming. For this column, the end is 750 words away, give or take a preposition or two. For your enforced hibernation from the world, the end is coming closer, but, if you're like most people, it's still one or two vaccinations away. The... Read More

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Strangers When We Meet Jan 07, 2021

If you thought it was strange to confine yourself to your home for eight long months, refusing to interact with anyone who wasn't on a Zoom screen, get ready for an experience in strangeness the likes of which you haven't seen, well, for eight long m... Read More

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You Can Toucan Dec 31, 2020

By the time you read this, 2020 will be almost over. Really, it will. I know there have been many people demanding we do a redo — just turn back the calendar to Jan, 1, 2020, and let the year play out again. I think it's a great idea. Once we... Read More

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You're Not Coming Back Dec 24, 2020

You knew it was too good to be true. The work-alone-at-home experience was just too wonderful to last. The peace. The quiet. The ability to sleep in and sneak into Zoom meetings still wearing your jam-jams. The magical calm of never having Trevor fro... Read More