How do you build a multi-billion dollar international business?
And then how do you save one when it seems like all the cards are stacked against you?
Sharing letters he sent to his father during his years of traveling the world building - and then saving - a multi-billion dollar company, Bob Hemphill's Stories from the Middle Seat recounts the funny, unique, and sometimes outlandish parts of international business.
From a time of significant prosperity to a period of domestic and international financial hardship, we have Bob's insider views on what it takes to be successful, or at least to survive. We go from goose blinds in Virginia to Incan ruins in Peru, from the islands of the Caribbean to those of Greece, from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia to an Israeli kibbutz. Hemphill details the interactions with professional colleagues and with his family, deals with the ups and downs of business, and responds with his inimitable wit and wisdom to it all.
Whether you're an armchair traveler, a successful or beleaguered business person, or a reader simply looking to enjoy and learn about international business, you will relate to Hemphill's humorous, candid and unfettered take on life, relationships and cultural eccentricities that define our common humanity.
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Humor in travel
A great compilation of letters to his father about the humor in travel to foreign places for either business or pleasure. I enjoyed the first book but the second book is better because each letter has an afterword that gave the reader some additional information about "what happens next?!" Awesome quick read and you don't need to know about the energy business to really enjoy the humorous encounters.
All the wonderful exotic places the author was able to visit and his humor when facing adversity.
- Ngoc-Mai Nguyen