Animals as coworkers and office politics in the spotlight: H C Yip’s “Animal Spirits” is a must-read for anyone who has witnessed toxic workplace culture and is dreading their return to work.
Back to work. Back to the office. Back to mind-numbing small talk by the water cooler, laughing at the boss's jokes and avoiding the inevitable office politics.
Toxic work culture can be murder.
Or at least that’s the premise that drives this humorous take-down of high-powered office politics in H C Yip’s new book “Animal Spirits - Office Politics: Karma Bites Hard”.
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The author’s own experience of observing the Machiavellian nature of office politics during his years working in finance and the sector’s winner-takes-all mindset provided the inspiration for “Animal Spirits”.
The story centers around the poisoning of Monkey, the benevolent leader of the ‘weaker’ office animals, and the villainous power-hungry Wolf, who has orchestrated the murder for his own selfish ends. Everyone wants to get their hands on a highly prized resource, but will bad behavior be rewarded? Wolf will stop at nothing to find out!
An array of entertaining anthropomorphized characters help populate this humorous portrayal of the intense competition and self-centeredness of high-power industries, including Bitch, an emotional manipulator who uses seduction to get ahead; Crocodile, a pretender who is framed for the crime; and the calculating Eagle, who is incited to carry out the unforgivable act.
If some of those characters sound a bit familiar, that’s no coincidence! The book is a deep dive into the toxic nature of the self-serving hierarchy regretfully prevalent in many workplaces today. The author saw it all during his career in finance, and he’s not afraid to share.
“I remember being booted out of my office by my conniving bosses who had no remorse,” says "Animal Spirits" author H C Yip. “These leaders who once preached about ‘inclusive leadership’ were nowhere to be found. So, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, I decided to focus on my strengths and write about topics that help reaffirm self-worth - and let’s not forget about adding a bit of humor and cheer to enrich the knowledge depository of my readers!”
H C Yip is an author and motivational speaker who turned to writing after being laid off from his successful career in finance during the pandemic. His other published works include “5 Steps to Getting Your Business Financed” and “Near Death Experience: Imagination or Reality”.
So will Wolf get away with murder? Will Monkey’s prevailing spirit of goodness win out in the end? You’ll need to read the book for yourself to find out!
Order your copy of “Animal Spirits - Office Politics: Karma Bites Hard” on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/9811866481