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Executricks: Or How to Retire While You're Still Working Hardcover – June 3, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; First Edition edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061340359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061340352
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Bing is hilarious!” (Don Imus)

“A masterful curmudgeon who causes laugh-out-loud moments.” (USA Today)

“Nobody pricks corporate balloons better than Stanley Bing.” (New York Post)

From the Back Cover

If business is a hamster wheel, what kind of hamster do you want to be? The one who runs all day long, huffing and puffing to keep things turning? Or the sleek and happy rodent who works in the corner office down the hall? Stanley Bing has seen the way the big furballs operate in good times and bad.

Core skills taught in this book:

Delegation
Telling people what to do and having them do it.

Absence
Operating from the digital vacuum.

Abuse of status
It can be done.

Decisiveness
Even when confused.

Engagement
But only when necessary.

Step off the wheel.
Grab this book.
And relax.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Stanley Bing is a columnist for Fortune magazine and the bestselling author of Crazy Bosses, What Would Machiavelli Do?, Throwing the Elephant, Sun Tzu Was a Sissy, 100 Bullshit Jobs..And How to Get Them, and The Big Bing, as well as the novels Lloyd: What Happened and You Look Nice Today. By day he is an haute executive in a gigantic multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sam Direct on December 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I actually am in management and can tell you that Bing hits the nail on the head. In a very entertaining way, he gives great career advice. In fact, some of it helped me understand better the shannigans in my office.

This isn't going to be interesting or helpful to someone who isn't in the corporate world at the level of middle management or above.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bodey on November 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is by far one of my favorite books. I think the overall tone of the book and the effective satire used in the book is amazing. What is amazing is how closely this relates to the business world and how astonishing this hits the mark. It points out the absolute craziness our current state. It also shows how new devices have enabled this "remote work environment", in any system their will be exploitation but this is a "How To Guide" of epic significance.

There are two ways to take this book. From an Entrepreneurs aspect, "Know Thy Enemy" When we look at systems and developing such systems we must learn how to reduce these loopholes. Or Do We? Drawing parallels from the 4 hour work week and the 80/20 principal, is this new work agreement really a bad thing? Wasteful time is not conducive to productivity.

Overall no matter if you are an Entrepreneur, a CEO or a simple employee, this book gives invaluable information on how "Business" really works!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dante on April 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Executricks shows you how your boss gets away with not working, and teaches you how to do the same while laughing through to the end of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reno911 on January 17, 2011
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This is one of those books where you just speed through because you can't stop reading.
You will catch yourself many times, recognizing heaps of described scenarious performed by either your boss or a similar entity within your company (If it's big enough).

What Stanley describes, and what actually really happens in business, it is so accurate it is scary. In my opinion, I believe that's what makes it a really funny read. Since it's tragically true (almost).
These tricks he shares can catapult you really a few ranks up if you follow them, one thing is for sure even though I statet this book is semi-serious, that's the way you should be and probably take this book.

Not too serious but not too far off from the almost ugly truth. Hilarious, strange, to the point, sharp and witty. After reading this, you most likely will end up buying a few other books of Mr. Bings.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris C on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
its written in a gag like tone but it scares me that under the gag he is being serious. Makes me want to short sell all fortune 500 companies who are large enough for people pulling executricks to hide in...
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