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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Who's Laughing Now? Jun 04, 2020

You know what they used to say: Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone. Not today. Today, everybody is crying, and the world is not laughing with you; it's laughing at you. Who can blame it? Whether your workplace is a massive cor... Read More

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When It Comes to Work, Less Is More May 28, 2020

Just because I drink my kombucha from a Harvard mug while sitting in my Harvard sweats and waving a Harvard pennant, singing "Fair Harvard, we join in thy jubilee throng," people think I went to Harvard. Can't imagine why. The truth is that I didn'... Read More

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The Distraction Reaction May 21, 2020

Remember when going to work meant you actually left your house? Remember when you sat next to someone who wasn't your roommate, your spouse, your child or your doodle? You tried to work, but it was impossible. You were constantly distracted by endl... Read More

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Virtual Meetings Get Real May 14, 2020

Everyone loves virtual meetings, right? When we hear Zoom, our hearts go "Zing!" Or do they? Once you've had a few dozen virtual meetings (today!), you know that success in cyberspace exposes you to a new set of challenges. Consider early morning ... Read More