Chronicles from the planet business: an eyewitness account by Barry J. Gibbons PDF

By Barry J. Gibbons

Prepare. you're approximately to blast off into outer area. vacation spot: Planet enterprise. enterprise is a planet of its personal. an international of alien beings and irrational forces by no means prior to so insightfully or brutally chronicled as in Barry Gibbons? new publication Chronicles from the Planet enterprise. during this e-book, Gibbons takes you on a dizzying experience throughout the international of commercial. alongside the best way, you are going to catch up with Czar Nicholas and his doomed relations, WWII flying aces, Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein, Monty Python, invoice Gates, mom Theresa, Sam Walton, Michael Jordan etc. additionally, you will study the true fact concerning the malicious program, Zippergate, George W. Bush?s lacking years in Lubbock, TX., widespread flyer miles, the ecu, the foreign Olympic Committee, courting and extra.

No one is healthier applicable and extra in a position to poke enjoyable on the global of commercial than Barry Gibbons, the previous CEO of Burger King and enlightened capitalist. This publication proves as soon as and for all that company is silly ? how else to provide an explanation for Arch Deluxe, downsizing, the european, Al Dunlap, New Coke, Motorola and get dressed down Fridays.

What readers need to say approximately Barry Gibbons:

"This man writes with the wit and knowledge of Tom Peters and the hysterical observations and honesty of Dave Berry." A Reader from Portland, Oregon

"Barry Gibbons isn't ?irreverent? he?s lifeless on!" A. Kris Bell, enterprise Consult.com

"The humor bites with universal sense?" D. Noonan, San Francisco, California

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The sad fact is that it still mirrors much of the Church's aversion to taking speedy decisions, despite having access to more informa- Page 14 tion (and more information faster) that at any time in history. A while back, I was in Europe working with an organization that brought together, in the loosest possible sense, a collection of individual accounting firms outside the Big Six. There was a real opportunity (which was probably better defined as a real need) for them to work together across international boundaries to compete with the giants.

But it isn't always the right thing to do. So here's a piece of practical advice for you: if you look over your own particular city walls, and the wooden horse (or the satellite link, or whatever) you see standing there looks anything like a big wooden Al Dunlap (a man who, for years, suffered from delusions of adequacy) do not arrange for a feasibility study, or seek the advice of consultants, or instigate a six-month option analysis. Go right downstairs and burn it. And then still run like hell back into the mountains.

In the (deregulated) US, stripped-bare cut-pricers are forcing the majors into response programs that overtly threaten service and covertly threaten safety. The FAA is unsure whether its role is to prevent, or react to, disaster. In (regulated) Europe, where less than 10% of routes have a choice of airline, all but the peanut vendors are staring at imminent deregulation in open terror. I had the recent qualified delight of visiting the old Soviet Union, where some of the wonders of the world sit side by side with its miseries.

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