The focus of What Would Machiavelli Do? is on what works and how to get it done. Machiavellians may not get to heaven, but on earth they have a significant edge over the competition. The goal is to learn how to approach problems in a manner that is at once creative, geared toward achieving financial success, and refreshingly amoral.
Balance the yin of What Would Machiavelli Do? with its yang, Throwing the Elephant.
©2002 Stanley Bing; (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.
"The ultimate guide to corporate backstabbing." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Successful, amoral satire on how to ruthlessly get to the top without guilt." (Booklist)
Though some references are a little outdated, Bing provides a sadistic, cynical, and sarcasm filled guide to Machiavellian philosophy. The tone is arrogant and presumptuous, and Philip Bosco's smooth British voice help provide the image of a successful businessman sitting at home in a big, comfy armchair by the fire, with a glass of scotch. Bing goes through how to climb the ranks of a corporate empire through being a right bastard to everyone: efficiency is key here. Whether you would like to take him on his advice or would just like some laughs is entirely up to you. Know that if you follow these words to a T, you are a bad person. Bing will assure you, however, that it is all worth it because of the wealth and satisfaction you will receive by the end of it all.
Overall, the advice here seems slightly lacking. After having finished it, the mindset is still hard to adapt, perhaps because the way it is presented is so outrageous and overbearing that it is difficult to soak in. It is rather short, at only 3 hours, so keep that in mind.
I loved the wit, the humor, the raw reality of it, the comedic delivery of what some take as gospel.
Ted Turner. No. Donald Trump. No wait...Barry Diller...I can't decide. I need to listen to it again. You'd think I would be able to answer this question after listening to snippets of this audio book almost everyday...Bluetooth...in the car...i pod...tablet...at home...where-ever... I got this audio book for entertainment and to poke fun at my driven co-workers...this book is a hoot!!! Looking for a business text book? Well...the Prince would love nothing more than to mold you. : )
Stanley Bing. of course.
Shug Knight showing Vanilla Ice the finer points of his position.
Phillip Bosco's narration absolutely made this book the entertaining experience that it is.
have you had to read any of the books about business, or business theory? Bing's satire makes the "normal" books on business topics bearable. You are likely to see your boss, or yourself, in at least one of his examples. Try not to laugh out lound in you meeting when you think about your boss conquering the beach like Coligula though.
It is funny, it is cruel, it acomplishes teaching of the strategy.
Machiavelly would be proud of Stanley Bing. You will too!
I didn't know what to expect from this book, a history lesson, a how to guide. It's both and neither. It's just a funny condemnation of greed in our modern corporate culture.
It's funny and Philip Bosco does a wonderful job. It's a satirical look at how Machiavellian strategies can be implemented in business. Not only is it very helpful to know when to use these types of means but it's essential to recognize them. Don't be dominated, DOMINATE.
For a tounge un cheek book, it goes on a bit long even with its limited number of pages. It is funny, but would have made a better extended essay.
"Great fun and enlightening !"
Enjoyed this tongue in cheek (?) work very much. Narrator has a great voice - could listen to him all day :) and will be looking out for other stories by the author and the Narrator.
Enlightening in US politicians and business figures. Equally interesting for would be 'Machiavelli figures' haha! as it is for people watchers and those who do not want to rule the world - but want to make sure they see the signs for those who do !!!
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