Like A Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
Author: Daunting Sands
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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Is a must read for any person who wants to start an entrepreneurial journey. Richard as always did an excellent job giving the right advices and lessons that you may need to take... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrés Vargas
Nice read and very motivational. Laid out very simple and easy to read!i enjoy following Branson in his business endeavors!Published 2 months ago by Brenda
Amazing and inspiring information. I'm just raring to go now.Published 2 months ago by Victoria Nwogu
This is the "Chicken Soup" for the Radical Entrepreneur's soul. Point blank period.Published 3 months ago by Larry Charles
This book is a Q&A session set up in chapters. It's an easy read and has some good ideas. The book is repetitive and not very interesting to me.Published 3 months ago by S. Mullins
It's a very good book. There are a lot of exciting stories and adventures, but the last 100 pages was a self promotion content. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Szabolcs Toth
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