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Don’t Start A New Job Without This Book!

Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish: Navigating the Dos and Don'ts of Workplace Culture is all about helping soon-to-be-college grads and those first starting out in their careers learn how to be more than just professional-ish. It offers funny, practical advice on truly understanding and managing life at work. Written for both American and non-American twenty-somethings and anyone who’s uncertain about what standard business protocol in an office should look like, this book provides useful tips that can be immediately implemented to help them adapt well to their workplace culture.


In a light-hearted and conversational way, Peter Yawitz, a 30-year veteran in global communications consulting, walks readers through not only formal and written rules of office communication but also unwritten cultural norms in American companies both in the US and abroad. As “Someone Else’s Dad” who offers great advice without all the nagging and judgment one might receive from their own father, the author gives the straight talk on business etiquette.


Readers will find an advocate in Yawitz, someone who can help them succeed not only professionally but also socially at work. They’ll be entertained and laugh out loud at the same time that they develop the insights they’ll need to advance in their careers.

“Entering organizational life can be dizzying, scary, even terrifying. With wonderful, often side-splitting humor, Yawitz provides valuable and insightful advice, so navigating the early stages of one’s career is far less perilous.”


MICHAEL C. FEINER, former Worldwide Chief People Officer, Pepsi-Cola;

award-winning professor, Columbia Business School; author of The Feiner Points of Leadership

Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish candidly introduces you to real life in the workplace, equipping you for success. Full of wish-I-had-knowns and great advice, it will save you from a whole lot of headache and heartache. This is a must-read for any new joiner to the workforce.”


LEAH COHEN-SHOHET, Former EVP of Growth & Adoption, Symphony;

Forbes 30 Under 30 list, 2019


Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish offers a breezy, commonsensical, and accessible approach to navigating office life for the newly initiated. With a sense of fun, Peter Yawitz of Someone Else’s Dad, manages to defuse some of the angst surrounding decision-making, while providing sensible direction. I chuckled while reading this and got some good pointers, too!”


REGINA RESNICK, Sr. Associate Dean and Sr. Managing Director,

Columbia Business School Career Management Center

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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish: Navigating the Dos and Don'ts of Workplace Culture by Peter Yawitz is a non-fiction self-help book with practical advice for twenty-somethings who are about to embark on their first journey into the professional world. Yawitz dishes out advice as 'Someone else's dad' and covers the whole gamut of topics, everything from what to wear and what to say (hint: knock it off with the “literally” and the “yeah, no”), to work presentations, business trips, and managing the managers. The whole compilation is written in a straightforward, informative, and witty narrative...just like the kind of advice you'd get from a kind uncle or someone else's dad.

Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish is the book I got to read twenty years too late. There is a great deal I've lost track of and even more that I didn't even know—partly because they weren't issues when I was climbing the ladder, and partly because nobody ever told me. Peter Yawitz sets the record straight and does so effectively and with a lot of panache. My favorite chapter was on writing emails, particularly having just received one today from a utility company that contained a smiling emoji. Shall I send him a copy of this book? You betcha. I'll also be giving one to my teen daughter as required reading, and believe this to be an excellent resource for anyone who is about to, or knows someone who is about to enter the workforce for the first time. Highly recommended.

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