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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.



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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: #140,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 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
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read September 6, 2012
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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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5 of 6 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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7 of 9 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
Author: Daunting Sands
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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
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Branson is a genius!
Thank you again for your virtual mentoring! A great read for an aspiring entrepreneur. Very insightful with practical guides and useful stories from the masters past.
Published 10 days ago by Donnychance
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Branson's Like A Virgin Is Not Just For Entrepreneurs
Give Me The Basics – Not Just For Entrepreneurs
Sir Richard Branson the founder and the face of Virgin Group in his book Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Russell Dyas
5.0 out of 5 stars Learned a lot!
Learned a lot, it's actually too much for 1 reading. That makes it worth the price. You'll get to refer to this book again and again. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Dodgepodge
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Branson Advice....
This a great read for anyone interested in business or entrepreneurship, filled with lots of useful insight in short/quick easy to read chapters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by christo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
It provided a very refreshing and unique viewpoint on how companies should operate. I'll certainly be buying more Richard Branson books.
Published 1 month ago by JPL
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Slow read, working my way through it.
Published 2 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars the rules don't apply
The take away: treat people right, have fun, have balance, and you'll be successful.

There's no secret hidden in these pages, just common sense that people don't put... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom Ady
4.0 out of 5 stars and although this is not as good as losing my virginity
I am a fan of Branson's books, and although this is not as good as losing my virginity, still has a lot to offer, and a good start to those new to Branson. Recommended.
Published 4 months ago by Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Tips & Tricks
One of the best books about practical tips & tricks for businesses. Richard does not make it rocket science, like it should not be.
Published 5 months ago by Arto Juha-pekka Ruotsalainen
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
This is a collection of articles he has written, so they are simplified and written as in a general advice. It's ok, but it gets redundant.
Published 6 months ago by Kocese
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