Zen and the art of management

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Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up by Stanley Bing

Sit down. Breathe deep. This is the last business book you will ever need. For in these pages, Stanley Bing solves the ultimate problem of your working life: How to manage the boss.

The technique is simple . . . as simple as throwing an elephant. All it takes is the proper state of mind, a step-by-step plan, and a great leap of faith. This humble guide provides all these and more. It is Zen that enables one to take an object of enormous weight and size and mold it in ones grasp like a ball of Silly Putty. For senior management, in truth, is the silliest putty of them all.

This comprehensive course walks budding business bodhisattvas through basic skills needed to provide the simple elephant handling that makes everyday life possible, including but not limited to the primary task of following along after the elephant with a little broom and dustpan. Serious students will then move to intermediate steps, from Polishing the Elephants Tusks to Hiding from the Elephant When It Has Been Drinking and Feels Quite Nasty. Beyond this level lies the land of the practiced Zen masters, culminating in the ability to leverage and then throw the now-weightless elephant--and even play catch with it at corporate retreats.

If What Would Machiavelli Would Do? was the meanest business book since the Renaissance, Throwing the Elephant provides the yang to that yin. Because sometimes youve got to be selfless, compassionate, and completely empty to get the job done.

Stanley Bing is a columnist for Fortune magazine and the author of What Would Machiavelli Do? and Lloyd: What Happened, a novel. By day, he works for a gigantic multinational conglomerate whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.
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Bells and whistles and corner offices aside, talent management is dedicated to one basic question, right? From tending the pipeline right through issues of succession , we are tasked with populating a world whose needs never end. May get stormy, may get depressed, but talent needs work and work needs talent. Downturns lead to upturns, fortunately: the BLS reported that job opportunities increased to 5. The number of hires and separations quits, layoffs and discharges stayed nearly the same as the month before: hires were at 5 million; turnover was 4. Parse and massage stats like this all you want e.

We all want to be better leaders. We want to create environments where people are successful, happy, and creative. We know that this contributes to the health of our businesses. But being thoughtful and purposeful in our approach to leadership takes work. Sometimes, it requires some temporary navel-gazing.

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Make sense of a disrupted world. John Paul Rathbone. - Yet even the most skeptical admit that some benefit has accrued from these efforts. All realms of management, from finance to human relations, have felt the impact of analytical inquiry.

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  1. All the while, practitioners have been cautious in embracing these pursuits; casting a wary eye on “textbook” solutions, they assert that management is an art as.

  2. Zen and the Art of Management. Pascale, Richard Tanner. Harvard Business Review, 56, 2, , Mar-Apr A study of Japanese-managed companies in .

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