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What Would Machiavelli Do? [Format Kindle]

Stanley Bing

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Machiavelli would feel at home in industry today. You don't need a birthright to be a modern prince--just an impulsive ruthlessness such as he described four centuries ago while trying to get back into the good graces of a Medici nobleman. A clever guy like him could really go places. Stanley Bing, a columnist for Fortune, is also a clever guy. In real life he has another name and works for a media company (a very, very clever person could probably patch together the clues he offers and figure out the company, if not the actual person), and as such he's been our spy behind corporate lines since he first started writing for Esquire back in 1984. In What Would Machiavelli Do? Bing gleefully offers hard-boiled Machiavellian advice about whom to fire in a downsizing (consultants first, secretaries last), how to make employees love you ("Give them perks.... When they're spending your money, you own them"), and why it's important that you also kick ass (one of the ways: "cutting them off curtly when they speak") and take names (so people know you'll not only hurt them, you'll also go after their friends). The overriding lesson of this book is always to love yourself, never apologize for anything you do, and when all else fails, recognize that the truth is flexible, and so can be bent any way you want. What makes all this amorality funny is that Bing plays it straight, putting his ruthless advice into an easily digestible how-to format. Sometimes the only way you can tell it's satire is when he mixes the musings of Adolf Hitler and Pol Pot in with those of modern business figures such as former Sunbeam CEO "Chainsaw" Al Dunlap. Firing people, killing people--same rules, different game. --Lou Schuler

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Tous ceux qui réussissent sont machiavéliques ! Si vous rêvez d'obtenir tout ce que vous désirez, au bureau comme ailleurs, faites comme eux. Suivant une démarche attribuée à Machiavel, un journaliste du magazine Fortune propose ici un plan d'attaque particulièrement décapant. Si vous jouez le jeu sarcastique, alors demandez-vous : qui commencer par licencier ? Comment se faire aimer de ses employés ?... Aimez-vous vous-mêmes, ne vous excusez jamais, affirmez que toute vérité est subjective, bref soyez "rat". À lire au second degré !!

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 176 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0066620104
  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books; Édition : Reprint (13 octobre 2009)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A satire or an instruction book? 16 décembre 1999
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This is a five-star book if you're interested in the decadence and peril of corporate culture, or if you like Stanley Bing. It's a SIX STAR book if you work for the real-life Bing and have learned anything at all from its pages.
"What Would Machiavelli Do" is both a satire of America's sadistic corporate culture AND an instruction book on how to be a ruthless, self-indulgent ladder-climber.
It's very funny, except when you think too much about it. Bing acknowledges and accepts--even celebrates--the twisted idiosyncrasies of life among the suits; stuff that would make any blue collar worker or crunchy granola idealist puke. But it's all true, and that's the sad part. Bing sees it all for how strange it is, and it's his perception that enables him to both make fun of the system while succeeding in it. It's a strange contradiction. It's as if business were a mudhole and Bing glides along easily without ever getting dirty because he has a profound understanding of mud.
Anyway, I liked it. The book put in writing a lot of what I thought about the business world, and a lot that nobody in upper management would ever admit to.
48 internautes sur 51 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Funny...and not. 23 février 2000
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I got a real kick out of reading this book--it's humorous and I would hope that people take it at that. It's not a philosophical romp or anything of the like--it's just funny.
What ISN'T funny is that it demonstrates a sad state of affairs in business culture today and of yesteryear. Knowing there are managers out there that do practice these principles is somewhat disturbing; you don't have to be a jerk to get ahead.
If anything, this book tells you how to look out for these people--it's up to you to beat them at their own game.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The ultimate wake-up call 18 août 2000
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I'll have to write this review anonymously, because one can't publicly admit to enjoying and agreeing with this book. Bing speaks too many unspeakable truths about the business world. His writing style is bracingly frank yet witty. The drill sergeant for business world recruits. With each new chapter, Bing reminds us that the reality of business is more horrible and ruthless than we can comprenend. Do you think he's exaggerating? Hardly at all. Beneath the cynicism and dark humor, the overall thrust of the book MUST be taken seriously. Fresh out of college, I worked for a businesss owner who acted just like the bosses he describes in this book. Within two months, he fired me and ruined my career. You ignore Bing's cyincal advice at your own peril. There are no real workplace rights. With weak labor unions and "Employment At Will" as the rule, bosses are free to act this way and get away with it. Everything he describes about the business world goes against my nature. I now know that I'm doomed.I must give you a warning, though. Following Bing's advice can just as easily get you fired as advance you. If you're at the bottom of the corporate ladder, or in a job with no ladder, following his advice WILL get you fired! This advice is only for people who are already on their way up. Use his advice judiciously. Reading this book is like having a bucket of ice water dumped on your head. It's painfully shocking, but you MUST endure it if you hope to survive and advance in the business world. Ultimately, you'll be glad you did.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "I'm in Murders & Executions, actually." 19 octobre 2005
Par Dark Mechanicus JSG - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Career stalled out? Tired of being Mr. Nice Guy and getting savaged by all the young, smiling MBAs clambering up the sides of your cubicle with rapine, blood, murder and stock options in their eyes? Tired of seeing that snarling 30-something driving the new Italian supercar exotic while you're trying to get your beat-up 1995 Camry to turn over?

Fantasize about having that corner office on the 49th floor with the working fireplace, adjoining bedroom, and full washroom with a steam shower---and, what the Hell, your own chef?

In short, are you tired of being a chump, and are you ready to be King of the Corporate Jungle? No?

Figures. Go back to making copies of the pitchbook for the Mangelbrucher account, you schlep---and make sure you book yourself on coach for the due diligence trip out to Milwaukee!

Where were we? Oh yeah: Do you think that the people who succeed wildly in society are brigher than you? Of *course* they're not!

They're just meaner.

Meaner than most. Certainly Meaner than you, which is the whole point of Stanley Bing's marvellous little book, "What would Machiavelli Do" which draws on classic philosophy to give you a primer for revamping your career, your outlook, and ultimately attaining your dream goal of wielding power, throwing money around, and making the corporate stiffs around you cower in their Guccis.

Oh yeah, and kicking a** and taking names. Lots of a**. Lots of names.

Witty, engaging, mercifully brief, and broken down into nice bullet-points (because who the Hell has time for drawn-out literature these day? Not the Meanies in the executive suite, that's for sure!), Stanley Bring distills the timeless wisdom of that Florentine master of Real Politik, Niccolo Machiavelli---and serves it up piping hot, with a dollop of bladder-curdling poison (doubtless from one of those Borgia assassin rings), right to your table!

What could be better? A promotion, better corporate digs, a Dodge Viper to ride to work in, more stock options, and a golden parachute, for starters---but hey, you're learning. With Bing's invaluable little tome, you will be able to dust yourself off, start loving the only person on Earth who really matters (hint: you), and start building up a corporate career that would give Napoleon the creeping crawls.

Speaking of which, do you remember Machiavelli, the author of such bloodcurdling tomes of political realism as the "Prince" and the "Discourses"? If you don't, Bing will summarize for you quickly, as will I: Machiavelli was the guy who said "the Ends justify the Means." He also said that, presented with the quandary of whether it is better to be loved than feared, "the Prince should hope to be loved, but be sure to be feared."

But frankly, Fear is a lot more fun anyway. Right? Right!

Bing draws from the guts of Machiavelli's writings to come up with 45 pithy little nuggets of wisdom, each reeking of brimstone and guaranteed to turn you into a better---or at least meaner---person. With stock options and a huge corporate expense account.

So exactly what would Machiavelli do if he were hanging around in American business today?

He would delegate: very important. Look at you, slaving away in your grey cubicle until 7 at night, then carting work home in a bookbag! You think Machiavelli would do that? He'd make you do it. He'd especially be good at alternating guilt trips, stomach-knotting fits of rage and fury, and lavish demonstrations of praise and affection.

He would, much like Sun Tzu, smash the canashtas out of his enemies when they least wanted to fight---you know, when their Capital Budget numbers got slashed by 60%---and he'd split when they were girded for war, loaded with adrenaline and caffeine, ready to fight.

He would realize that, in the grand scheme of things, the Earth is going to be an iceball in a billion years or so and all of this---this paper, these files, the Gorzoi account---are infinitely small cosmic vapors in the grand scheme of things.

Cosmic vapors that could, quite possibly, be manipulated for his wealth, delight, and amusement.

He would think BIG. He would be paranoid! He would relish his own depravity, obnoxiousness, and childish fits! He would mortally wound and cripple anything and everything that stood in his way, especially nuns. He would be constantly at war---with the VP of syndications! with Ops! with Carruthers, the goofy structured finance guy down the hall who said something unflattering in the Monday morning meeting!---and he would win!

He would kick a**, and take names.

Role Models here: Idi Amin, Attila the Hun, Napoleon, Gordon Gekko, Michael Milken, Martha Stewart, Ivan Boesky, Bill Gates. Anti-Role Models: Jesus, Mother Teresa, Leo Buscaglia, Dr. Phil (though I hear Dr. Phil can be a real Meanie when the cameras aren't rolling---good for him!).

He would never say he was sorry: saying you're sorry is a sign of weakness, and if you find yourself doing that a lot---or worrying about being `sensitive'---then one dark night, my noble friend, you'll find yourself hauled out of your cubicle kicking and screaming because some inner-office Machiavelli-in-Training got more out of this book than you did---and decided to make his numbers look better by taking a hatchet to your job.

Get the picture? Good.

Bing has produced a modern classic, one of which the Master himself would approve. "What would Machiavelli Do" proves that you shouldn't just *climb* the corporate ladder---bring a few of your own (along with a few other siege engines), and capture the whole castle. Get this book---learn it, live it, love it, and definitely don't loan it out---and watch the fear in your co-workers' eyes as you conquer every square inch of real estate around you.

Onward, my Prince!

JSG
16 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Your reviewers are missing the point 27 mars 2000
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It is supremely ironic and supremely sad and scary that many of your reviewers have not caught on to the fact that this book is a SATIRE. "Mr. Bing" is not advocating the Machiavellian approach but is loathsome of those who behave this way in corporate America.
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