Fortune columnist Stanley Bing offers listeners a two-for-one audio package that combines the newly updated edition of Crazy Bosses with his recent title Sun Tzu Was a Sissy. In Crazy Bosses, Bing sketches five prototypes of dysfunctional leadership: the bully, the paranoid, the narcissist, the wimp and the disaster hunter (a self-destructive amalgamation of multiple misbehaviors and misjudgments). Bing draws from both his own climb up the corporate ladder and current headlines to provide vivid examples of each category, and he offers concrete strategies for riding out the workplace storm with aplomb. In Sun Tzu Was a Sissy, Bing displays his characteristic tongue-in-cheek wit in examining why lessons from the ancient Chinese philosopher's Art of War may not apply to contemporary business struggles. Bing delivers his works smoothly, projecting tones of deadpan sarcasm and animated mockery befitting the often irreverent content. His references presuppose considerable familiarity with the business media, and his point-of-view assumes a decidedly managerial or professional stance. Those who work to live rather than live to work do not represent the core audience for whom Bing serves up his red meat.
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The ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu taught that readiness is all, that knowledge of oneself and the enemy is the foundation of strength, and that those who fight best are those wise enough not to fight at all. These people were revered and known as "warrior-sages." Now, we refer to them as "suckers." Sun Tzu Was a Sissy teaches you how to wage war, win, and enjoy the plunder in the real world. Students of Master Stanley Bing will learn how to plan and execute battles that hurt other people a lot and advance their flags and those of their friends. Every other book on the "Art of War" bows low to Sun Tzu. This one tells him to get lost.
Stanley Bing is a columnist for Fortune magazine and the bestselling author of Crazy Bosses, What Would Machiavelli Do?, Throwing the Elephant, Sun Tzu Was a Sizzy, 100 Bullshit Jobs . . . And How to Get Them, and The Big Bing, as well as the novels Lloyd: What Happened and You Look Nice Today. By day he is an haute executive in a gigantic multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.
The premier business humorist of our time delivers indictments of (1) business leaders and (2) the revered Chinese war expert Sun Tzu. The author has the delivery of a stand-up comic as he offers countless examples of organizational practices that make people nuts. Listeners will enjoy the way his voice truly projects how much he understands corporate craziness. The problem with Sun Tzus thoughtful approach to war, Bing says, is that he would be crushed like a bug on the battlefields of most modern companies. Bing (a pseudonym) is a master at presenting his criticisms with sarcasm and dark humor. The entertainment is continuous, and the enlightenment doesnt require a notepad to sink in. T.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine