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The business book of the year has to be Michael Woodford's Exposure (Evening Standard)

The most celebrated international whistleblower of recent times... his story is filled with mystery, suspense, duplicity and betrayal (Management Today)

A sensational account of a man of great courage and principle who got to the top, and blew the whistle to glorious effect. In the corporate world Woodford is too rare and exceptional a breed. (Jon Snow Channel 4 News)

A must-read for businesspeople, politicians and would-be movers and shakers (Bloomberg)

The kind of integrity and courage that Woodford displayed is unusual. (The Economist)

Michael Woodford took a considerable risk in exposing wrongdoing. He was a study of boldness in action (Lionel Barber Financial Times)

Woodford tells his tale like a thriller. A fine book by a fine man who did the right thing. (The Times)

In a world increasingly dominated by global multinationals, he just felt someone had to speak out (Sunday Times)

Michael Woodford has proven himself a hero, though he never wanted the battle. He risked everything (Clive Stafford Smith, Founder and Director, Reprieve)

A gripping chronicle by a corporate whistle-blower who achieved a stunning victory (Kirkus)

He is one of the few foreign businessmen to have penetrated deep inside a Japanese corporation and to report back unflinchingly on what he saw. What he found was not pretty (Financial Times)

Woodford has emerged as a hero, named by at least one British newspaper as its 2011 executive of the year. And rightly so. His gift for candor, so evident as a whistle-blower, serves him well as a memoirist. (Bryan Burrough, author of Barbarians at the Gate The New York Times)

Michael Woodford could have spent years turning a blind eye to the shady dealings of executives at Olympus. Instead he dove headfirst into allegations of corporate misconduct (Time)

This memoir of one of Japan's biggest business scandals is for more than corporate governance experts, with its fascinating tale of good versus evil (Japan Times)

Biographie de l'auteur

Born in 1960, Michael Woodford grew up in Liverpool, and after moving to the south of England spent the next 30 years of his professional life working at Olympus. In April 2011 he was appointed President of the Olympus Corporation - the first Western 'salary-man' to rise through the ranks to the top of a Japanese giant. That October he was also made CEO, but only two weeks later was dismissed after querying inexplicable payments approaching $2 billion. Woodford was named Business Person of the Year 2011 by the Sunday Times, the Independent and the Sun, and in 2012 he won the Financial Times ArcelorMittal Award for Boldness in Business. In 2013 he was the winner of the inaugural Contrarian Prize. Woodford is married with two teenage children and lives in London. He now spends his life writing and lecturing on business culture, and the frailties of human nature in the workplace.

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12 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A window into Japan's insular corporate culture 12 janvier 2013
Par Gaucho36 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Having lived and worked in Japan for 5 years just prior to the onset of the Olympus scandal, I was not at all surprised to see things unfold at Olympus. This can happen - and HAS happened - at any number of Japanese companies due to their culture of hierarchical deference, extreme pressure to conform and little regard for return on investment - coupled with shareholders and a media corps who do absolutely nothing to rock the boat. Increasingly, the fingerprints of Japan's well organized crime families (yakuza) have added to the excitement. Woodford does an excellent job of capturing what it is like to be "inside the machine" - and also captures well how if you are a "gaijin" (foreigner), no matter how inside the machine you are (company President!) you are never really inside the machine. If you are looking for a fast paced eye opener on business in Japan - this is not a bad place to start.

Why 3 stars? I detected repeated whiffs of egomania. The author recounts in numbing detail his many interactions with the press. Clearly, he needed to use the media to get the story out and on one dimension it is part of his courage to be so public about the issues. That said, one can't help but sense his relishing being the center of attention. Towards the end of the book, he is careful to note all of the awards he won as "Businessman of the year" and includes a couple of emails that make sure you know he is a truly great guy. Just in case you didn't get the point, there a couple of essays written in the epilogue to let you know that not only does the author think he is a great guy, but he has witnesses! To me, it detracted from the power of the underlying story - maybe others will not feel the same way
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Good. 8 décembre 2012
Par Sam Whiteman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I thought the Karl Taro Greenfield story in Businessweek was great last year so I was familiar with the story. This account from Michael Woodford is a page turner as a blow by blow account of the scandal. I read the kindle version in pretty quick time so that's a good guide, it is captivating.

If you're looking for the next Barbarians at the Gate or Too Big To Fail then you'll be disappointed, as it could have really done with a writers input, but the raw account is compelling enough that I'd recommend it.

It would have been great to see some more backstory on the authors successes at Olympus in the past few years also.
3 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Engrossing 24 décembre 2012
Par John - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I started this book on a Friday evening, and had finished it by the following Saturday evening. I'm not the kind of person who reads books in 24 hours, but this one had the unique ability to keep me wrapped up on it with no intentions of taking a break.

It's not a happy book, but you cheer for the protaganist, Mr. Woodford, as he lays his claims and recounts events with enough precision to be convincing, even if not enough to satisfy all one's curiosity; I felt like the book could have been longer and more flushed out (especially links to organized crime, which would have made the book even more juicy). However I understand much had to be withheld for legal and security reasons. But by reading between the lines, it is likely that what actually happened is much worse than what the currently available information portrays. For example, the Japanese police, only nominally competent, had to tell Mr. Woodford to not even go on his balcony! This is big. I liked that Woodford continually reminds of the impact on his family and his health. For the CEO of a major world company who by his own admission boasted a 7-figure salary, Woodford comes off as simply human, with both pluses and minuses.

Even though Woodford tries to make clear that he is not against Japan or Japanese people, and that many Japanese people supported him through his ordeal, nonetheless this book does not leave one with a positive impression of the way things work in Japan. For those of us who live in Japan, it may serve as a solemn warning to be careful in our dealings; Things here work fundamentally different than we're used to, and our key assumptions may be wrong.

Highly recommended.
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Hurray for whistelblowers! 21 mars 2013
Par John - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is a timely book, since the whole world is suffering in the Global Financial Crisis which was caused by the sort of human behavior discussed in "Exposure."

Michael Woodford, in his easy, informative, and entertaining style, will enlighten readers to the sad truth that the world is full of "yes men" who hold positions and receive salaries but don't actually perform their duties.

Most importantly, Mr. Woodford shows that one man armed with the truth can defeat an army of these "yes men."

I hope Mr. Woodford will enjoy many future benefits from his decision to expose fraud rather than participate in cover-up.

The hardback edition is handsome and will have a permanent place in my library.

John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
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A great window into both a personal world and the Japanese Business world 1 janvier 2013
Par Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Easy read and a story told without prejudice. Michael Woodford also tries hard to leave you with hope even though much about his experience shows how foolish you are if you expect Japan to easily see economic turn around. It would make an interesting discussion to get those in business in Japan to suggest how Woodford might have done things better, ...but my guess is people would struggle to give an answer. He can never go back to Olympus, but personally I think the new government should invite him back to head up those in charge of running nuclear power generation in Japan.
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