Throwing the Elephant

  • by Stanley Bing
  • Narrated by Philip Bosco, Simon Jones
  • 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is Stanley Bing at his best giving you the ying and the yang of the business world. If What Would Machiavelli Do? was the meanest business book in recent history, Throwing the Elephant provides the yang to that yin.Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up artfully, clearly, and concisely provides a thorough grounding in the Zen Buddhist attitude you will need in order to move forward and control the people you work for. This book guarantees personal enlightenment while providing literally dozens of helpful, specific exercises and solutions to the most common problems of professional life.

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What the Critics Say

"In a spoof of just about every career advice and management-by-metaphor book ever created, Bing delivers a Zen-like guide to managing your boss. The premise? Here's what Buddha would tell you if he were your personal career coach." (Publishers Weekly)
"A clever book on how to manage elephants, a.k.a. bosses....Witty and thought-provoking...imaginative and unique." (Library Journal)
"This is essential reading for anyone who hates his or her boss and the corporate structure in general." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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In response to David from Lafayette

Could David possibly be an elephant? This book is not about climbing any ladders, it's about being effective and happy where you are on the ladder. I found the approach and the content helpful and would recommend it to anyone looking to make sense of the Dibertesque corporate cultures that control most of our waking hours.
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- Jerry

An interesting take on an old topic

Not a ton of new ideas here, but a refreshing way to deliver age old wisdom on how you should be handling the relationship with your boss. I laughed out loud a couple times on the delivery.
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- Straight Up Thoughts

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-19-2004
  • Publisher: HarperAudio