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

By Barry J. Gibbons

Prepare. you're approximately to blast off into outer house. vacation spot: Planet company. 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 journey throughout the global of commercial. alongside the best way, you'll catch up with Czar Nicholas and his doomed kin, WWII flying aces, Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein, Monty Python, invoice Gates, mom Theresa, Sam Walton, Michael Jordan and so forth. additionally, you will study the genuine fact concerning the computer virus, Zippergate, George W. Bush?s lacking years in Lubbock, TX., widespread flyer miles, the european, the overseas Olympic Committee, relationship and extra.

No one is best applicable and extra in a position to poke enjoyable on the international of industrial than Barry Gibbons, the previous CEO of Burger King and enlightened capitalist. This ebook proves as soon as and for all that company is silly ? how else to give 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 really ?irreverent? he?s lifeless on!" A. Kris Bell, enterprise

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

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Vive La EOC! Chantilly, Northern France: A few of us gather to celebrate the French government's latest idiocy: the introduction of the 35 hour working week. We decide to roast one of the small wild boar that roam the local woodlands. It was unfortunately run over by one of the three French truck drivers opting to work this month, and who zoom noisily up and down the once busy road that heads down to the capital. Waiting for dinner, we ponder the age-old question: has there ever been a bigger gap between the attraction of a country, and those Page 25 that populate it?

And are we sure there is no alternative to the Miami-style zoo for luggage reclaim, which is followed by exposure to luggage porters who would intimidate Mike Tyson? The opportunity exists now to redefine the whole experience. By the year 2001 flying could be worth doing in its own right, but it Page 20 will not happen. I've seen the industry in action, and it is an intoxicating mix of humbug and lethargy. The industry doesn't believe it's broken, so why should it mend it? And we, the users, simply have no leverage.

God forbid the accountants would ever condone it, but will we begin to treat people as assets not expenses? Will business take a lead from Bill and Tony? Still prepared to take those ruthless competitive decisions, will we see captains of industry now become a tad more gentle in their execution? Will corporations accept they reflect stakeholdings by employees and communities as well as investors? God forbid the accountants would ever condone it, but will we begin to treat people as assets not expenses?

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