Don’t Start A New Job Without This Book!

Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish: Navigating the Dos and Don'ts of Workplace Culture, the best-seller and winner of Bronze Medal at the 2021 Axiom Business Book Awards, of 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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