We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up | [Stanley Bing]

Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up

Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up artfully, clearly, and concisely provides a thorough grounding in the Zen Buddhist attitude you will need in order to move forward and control the people you work for. This book guarantees personal enlightenment while providing literally dozens of helpful, specific exercises and solutions to the most common problems of professional life.
Regular Price:$19.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Here is Stanley Bing at his best giving you the ying and the yang of the business world. If What Would Machiavelli Do? was the meanest business book in recent history, Throwing the Elephant provides the yang to that yin.

Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up artfully, clearly, and concisely provides a thorough grounding in the Zen Buddhist attitude you will need in order to move forward and control the people you work for. This book guarantees personal enlightenment while providing literally dozens of helpful, specific exercises and solutions to the most common problems of professional life.

Balance the yang of Throwing the Elephant with its yin, What Would Machiavelli Do?.

©2002 Stanley Bing; (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In a spoof of just about every career advice and management-by-metaphor book ever created, Bing delivers a Zen-like guide to managing your boss. The premise? Here's what Buddha would tell you if he were your personal career coach." (Publishers Weekly)
"A clever book on how to manage elephants, a.k.a. bosses....Witty and thought-provoking...imaginative and unique." (Library Journal)
"This is essential reading for anyone who hates his or her boss and the corporate structure in general." (Booklist)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (62 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (17)
3 star
 (15)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
3.8 (8 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.8 (8 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jerry Long Beach, CA, USA 04-02-04
    Jerry Long Beach, CA, USA 04-02-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "In response to David from Lafayette"

    Could David possibly be an elephant? This book is not about climbing any ladders, it's about being effective and happy where you are on the ladder. I found the approach and the content helpful and would recommend it to anyone looking to make sense of the Dibertesque corporate cultures that control most of our waking hours.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shawn Norwalk, IA, USA 09-20-06
    Shawn Norwalk, IA, USA 09-20-06
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "excellent and fun"

    This is a great book for a review and fun to listen too. It tells you some words of wisdom in a humorous and stylistic manner that makes you picture some of the mistakes you've made in the past and how to share them with the people you lead. I would recommend this to others who enjoy laughing and visualizing situations. Also to people who are coaching future leaders. Can it help you with your own situations in working with yoiur own leader...yes it can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    M Paula Daoust 06-15-06 Listener Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Fun"

    This was a fun book that made me laugh. Don't know that I agree with the author but it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathleen Catasus Tampa, FL 12-14-04
    Kathleen Catasus Tampa, FL 12-14-04 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    84
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Loved it!"

    I have listend to this book several times (rented from the library) and liked it enough to buy it. I think the reader is humorous and the content is very good, if you listen to what he is saying. The Zen attitude for corporate culture was refreshing and helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone (working for an elephant) who wants to learn how to accept the Zen way of thinking and apply it in the business world and help yourself have a better attitude about life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Reston, VA, USA 03-07-04
    David Reston, VA, USA 03-07-04 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Throwing the Elephant (Unabridged"

    The worst book I've ever forced myself to listen too. Well, I actually only listened to approximately 50% of the book (as I forwarded along). This book is great for those that want to blame others for everything that goes wrong in their lives. It's certainly not for anyone working diligently to get ahead in any corporation (American or otherwise). Save your time and money and move past this selection.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-5 of 5 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.