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Like A Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School [Kindle Edition]

Richard Branson
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Book Description

Business advice from the best in the business

Looking for advice in setting up your own company, improving your career prospects, or developing your leadership skills? Why not ask Richard Branson?

In Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School, Richard distils and shares the wisdom and experience that have made him one of the world's most recognised and respected entrepreneurs. From his top tips on succeeding in business to some hard-hitting opinions on the global finance crisis, this book brings together his best advice on all things business.

It's business school, the Branson way.



Editorial Reviews

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"A compelling and easy read that backs up its tips with case studies and autobiographical snippets" New Business Review

About the Author

Sir Richard Branson is an international entrepreneur, adventurer, icon, and the founder of the Virgin Group. His autobiography, Losing My Virginity, and his books on business, Screw It, Let's Do It and Business Stripped Bare, are all international bestsellers. He is also the author of Reach for the Skies and most recently, Screw Business As Usual.

Product Details

  • File Size: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00849DNOE
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital (June 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753519917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753519912
  • ASIN: B007MCAOFU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard. Stop that! October 6, 2012
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Who says a business book can't be entertaining? Whether you are an entrepreneur trying to get your business off the ground, an executive in a business that needs a boost or a worker bee looking to make work more fun, this book is for you.

Richard Branson is the Leonardo da Vinci of business. His unquenchable curiosity combined with contagious extroversion is the alchemy behind the 400+ successful businesses he has created. This book, consisting of 76 short essays and articles, documents the lessons he has learned. Numerous examples, most drawn from real-life experiences with people at his Virgin Group companies, are a roadmap for others in business to turbocharge their own success.

Branson's "Like a Virgin" reveals just what a huge gap exists in modern business school curriculum. Do they teach these things like this?

- A CEO needs "a certain generosity of spirit."
- "You have to protect your people."
- "You must be fearless."
- "Business favors people who, when they see a problem or injustice, try to do something about it."
- "Leaders have empathy ... for people who are affected by the business's operations."
- Show generous praise for employees caught doing something right: amp it up!
- Think big. Build small.
- "The sky is no longer the limit."
- Be very tolerant of mistakes. Move on. Give employees second chances (he did so even with a thief!)

Business should be fun. Employees are co-entrepreneurs and enthusiastic brand ambassadors. Challenge. Celebrate. Keep splitting the company into smaller businesses as it grows to avoid bureaucracy and empower employees.

There is no identifiable progression of thought to the sequence of these articles.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read September 6, 2012
By Mullows
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Very easy to read, totally engaged & could not put it down. Being a business owner who uses alternative measures to gain market share & believes in company culture! Fantastic!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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When you're starting a business or a career, you've got to think out of the box with fresh new bold, exuberant ideas that lack cynicism. In other words, think Like a Virgin! Sir Richard you've done it again with a book that empowers and excites our imagination! This is a must read for anyone who is in business or wants to be!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I want to be Richard Branson but this book was a little light and really provides no insight into how Richard really built his businesses.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Blog-like than Book-like January 1, 2013
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This book is like reading a blog, but in book format.

By that I mean it's a hotchpotch collection of Richard Branson's musings on a wide range of topics.

If you're trying to better understand Branson the man, then perhaps this 'essay/blog post collection' can enable you to achieve that.

But the subheading "Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business" implies a self-help element - and in picking up such a book, I'm not out to learn about Richard Branson, I'm out to learn specific expertise.

With all Branson's exhortations on being a nice person, one could read this book and gain a stronger sense of the power of good virtue as something that can enable and strengthen a business. But that's pretty non-specific knowledge, and not the type of 'secrets' that I was looking for in a book. Keep this sort of stuff on the blog, Branson.

I think the publishers kind of dropped the ball on this one, and unfortunately its put me off picking up any of Branson's other books.

Ben Neynens
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Basic. More of a fluffy bio. November 2, 2012
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Branson is a fascinating character and I read anything that I can get my hands on when it comes to Virgin. Obviously he has been successful and has a lot he could share. He does not do it in this book. As a primmer on Customer Service it is entertaining. Not much else to say about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and easy read, but a bit repetitive. January 6, 2013
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As always, Branson makes some great points, especially regarding caring for people and putting your employees first. However it did get a little tedious at times with the repeitition of anecdotes throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for people with little time to read October 31, 2012
Format:Paperback
Although the title is misleading, the snippets of ideas where each chapter essentially runs 3-5 pages, is enough to read if you're too busy working, like myself. I'd say the title is misleading because some of the ideas are indirectly taught in business school--if you take a great case-based course on service marketing. But there are some ideas that are worthy of reading.

While some would argue that the ideas in the book are common sense, nothing is as great as emphasizing these ideas by reading them (again and again) from Mr. Branson, who made a great fortune for himself and helped changed product development in other companies. Even if you're borrowing this book from a library, I recommend buying it just for yourself in case you ever need words of wisdom from Mr. Branson.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Recommended for the business man.
Published 2 days ago by Tamir Rosenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good
Published 7 days ago by Christopher Dell
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't learn this in school!
Great insight into the entrepreneurial spirit from one dyslexic entrepreneur to another!!
Published 7 days ago by Don Teig
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 17 days ago by t
5.0 out of 5 stars best mentor book
If you dont have any business mentor, this book serves as a great substitute with words of wisdom fr branson the great.
Published 24 days ago by Manuel Lallata
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy to read and there are things to learn from Richard
Published 1 month ago by eddieheck
4.0 out of 5 stars It may be repetitive info but its still a good read for me
I agree that a good bit of this book is info you can find elsewhere but I bought it anyway. I am a fan of Richard Branson and I own kindle versions of all his work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Total Guide for Being the Best Possible You
I read this book in one day flat! I could not put this down!!! #bransonfan

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Published 1 month ago by Darlene Aiken
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
Don't buy this if you are looking for to-the-point, concise business advice. Sure, this book is full of good advice, but it is spread out and rambling with fun stories... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Robideau
5.0 out of 5 stars A good guide for success
A well written book filled with golden nuggets of wisdom.
Published 1 month ago by krasi
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