The Big Bing: Black Holes of Time Management, Gaseous Executive Bodies, Exploding Careers, and Other Theories on the Origins of the Business Universe
A mandatory addition to the library of everyone who
works for a living (or would like to).
For twenty years, Stanley Bing has offered insight, wisdom, and advice from inside the belly of one of the great corporate beasts. In one essential volume, here is all you need to know to master your career, your life, and, when necessary, other weaker life forms.
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. During that time, he has seen it all -- mergers, acquisitions, layoffs, the death of the three-martini lunch -- and has himself been painfully reengineered a number of times. He has made a million friends and seen many of them prosper and grow, and sadly seen others sink into consultancy. 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 important, Bing has seen management at its best and worst, and he 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.
Bing's many fans from his days at Esquire and those who enjoy his current column in Fortune know that his take on the workplace is pure storytelling at its best -- sophisticated, amusing, and driven by the kind of insight that only a true insider can possess.
The Big Bing provides a corporate mole's-eye view of the society in which we all live and toil, creating one of the most entertaining, thought-provoking, and just plain funny bodies of work in contemporary letters.
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I was moving, albeit imperceptibly, forward. I had entered the enormous valley of enterprise where one is expected to produce big work for small money. All people who are eventually paid to go away have been there. The drill is to work very hard for a long time and build the feeling that one is absolutely essential. If you’re not crucial in some way, you won’t eventually be paid to go away; you’ll simply be told to go away, and there’s a big difference. No, to be paid to go away one must convey
All the air left my body. My face got cold. The space around me reeled and spun, with little stars and birdies tweeting in it. My hairline (I still have one, by the way) frosted up. A million questions fermented in my brain. What did this mean for me, personally? Who did I report to? Where would Bob go? Would his murderers be punished? What did this mean for me, personally? How could I possibly give the upbeat speech to our distributors that was planned for the following week? Was my face showing
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sales executives, hostile, paranoid potentates, the nimble, the mealy, the halt, and the lame. The better you are at it, the more control you’ll end up having over the uncontrollable. You will notice that a lot of the necessity for corporate politics in these pages is generated by the constant atmosphere of merger, acquisition, divestiture, and obnoxious change that characterizes the contemporary American corporation. In stable organizations with strong leadership, there is a minimum of