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Overview

'My formula for success? Rise early, work late, strike oil.'
J. Paul Getty

'The real discipline comes in saying "no" to the wrong opportunities.'
Peter Drucker

'Give me a one-handed economist. All my economists say, on the one hand . . . on the other . . . '
Harry S. Truman

'Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.'
Andy Warhol

'Think globally, act locally.'
Akio Morita

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118185346
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Economist Series , #114
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Ridgers is a business writer and business education editor at The Economist.

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Table of Contents

About this book xii

Introduction xiii

A Accountants and accountancy 1

Advertising 3

Advice 6

Agriculture business 9

The airline industry 9

Ambition 10

America 12

Appraisals 14

The arts 15

B Banks and bankers 18

Bills 20

The board 21

The boss 22

Branding 23

Bureaucracy 24

Business education 26

Business entertaining 27

Business travel 28

C Capitalism 29

The car industry 32

Change 33

Civility 36

Joking aside: five quotes from comedians 37

Committees 38

Communication 38

Communism and socialism 39

Competition 40

Complacency 43

Conferences 43

Conflict and the arms industry 44

Consultants and consulting 45

Consumerism 46

Corporations 49

Costs 50

Creativity 51

Credit 54

Crime 55

Culture 55

Customers and customer service 56

Cynicism 60

D Data, information and statistics 61

Debt 63

Decision-making 64

Delegation 66

Design 66

Development 67

Discipline 68

Dishonesty 68

Diversity 69

Downturns and economic turmoil 70

The drugs industry 70

E Economics 72

In brief: five epigrams 74

Education 76

Egotism 76

Emerging markets 77

Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurialism 77

The environment 80

Envy and jealousy 81

Ethics 82

Europe 85

Experience 86

Expertise 87

F Failure 89

Showing character: five quotes from film and TV 91

Family business 92

The film industry 93

Financial crises 93

Following the herd 94

Foot-in-mouth and blunt honesty 95

Friendship 96

Fulfillment 97

Fun 97

G Gambling 99

Globalisation 99

Greed 101

Growth 102

H Happiness 104

Hard work 105

Hiring 108

Honesty 109

Hubris 111

I Innovation 112

Insurance 118

The internet 118

Intuition 119

Investing 120

K Knowledge 124

Knowledge workers 125

L Labour 127

Novel thoughts: five quotes from literature 130

Lawyers and the law 131

Laziness 133

Leadership 135

Luck 138

M Management speak and jargon 140

Management thinking 142

Managers and management 142

Words ffrom the wise: five quotes from management gurus 143

Manufacturing 147

Market research 147

Marketing 148

Markets 151

The media 152

Meetings 154

Mergers, demergers and acquisitions 155

Money 156

Motivation / 159

The music industry 160

N Negotiation and dealmaking 162

O Obsession 163

Obstacles 163

Office life 164

The oil and gas industry 166

The oldest profession 168

Operations 169

Optimism 170

P Performance 171

Philanthropy 171

Philosophy 172

Planning 172

Poverty 173

Power 174

Predictions 175

Price 175

Procrastination 176

Products / 177

The despatch box: five quotes from politicians 178

Progress 179

Promotion 180

Purpose 181

R Regulation 182

Remuneration 183

Reputation 185

Responsibility 186

Retirement 186

Risk 187

S The sack 189

Science 190

Secretaries 190

Self-employment 191

Self-interest 191

Selling 192

Show business 193

Small and medium-sized businesses 194

Sport 194

Start-ups 195

Strategy 196

Success 200

Supply chains 204

T Talent 205

Taxes 207

Teamwork 208

Technology 210

The tobacco industry 214

Training 214

U Unemployment 215

Unions and industrial relations 216

V Value 219

W Wealth 221

Women in business 225

Work-life balance 227

Acknowledgements 229

Index 230

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