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The Big Bing

Theories on the Origins of the Business Universe
Narrated by: Stanley Bing
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
2.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Stanley Bing knows whereof he speaks. He has lived the last two decades working inside a gigantic multinational corporation, kicking and screaming all the way up the ladder. He has seen it all: mergers, acquisitions, layoffs, the death of the three-martini lunch; and has himself been painfully re-engineered a number of times. He has eaten and drunk way too much, stayed in hotels far too good for him, waited for limousines in the pouring rain, and enjoyed it all. Sort of. Most importantly, Bing has seen management at its best and worst, and has practiced both as he made the transition from an inexperienced player who hated pompous senior management to a polished strategist who kind of sees its point of view now and then.

In one essential volume, here is all you need to know to master your career, your life, and when necessary, other weaker life forms.

©2003 Stanley Bing (P)2003 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Twenty years of columns by business humorist Bing from Fortune and Esquire add up to a very funny look at the contemporary executive." (Publishers Weekly)

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Boring and self-obsessed

I got this book after really enjoying "21 Dog Years : Doing Time @ Amazon.com" by Mike Daisey. Covering similar topics, Bing's first-person account of cubicle- and business-life is nevertheless self-absorbed and never truly pulled me. It's too bad that Bing's second chapter educates the listener on b.s.ing... otherwise I might have stayed with it a little longer!

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Waste of Money...

The author relates his ideas of how corporate life works, and doesn't work - based on his experience. He uses a potty mouth to describe most of his experiences, and ends up ruining the whole tape with that and short insight.