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Lloyd seems like a good guy. He's got an average wife, two kids, $200,000 a year with perks, plus a nice dog named Steve. But what happens to Lloyd when he starts to climb the corporate ladder? Lloyd--What Happened : A Novel of Business is the story of the modern corporate workplace--its greed, politics, affairs, drugs, groveling cohorts, graphs, and dietary habits. Fortune magazine columnist Stanley Bing follows Lloyd month-by-month in his pursuit to reengineer his company and pull off one of the biggest deals ever (we're never quite sure what the deal is exactly).
Bing is at his best when describing Lloyd's many idiosyncrasies: what he buys when grocery shopping, his love of his dog Steve, his appraisal of various beers. For example: "There was Foster's lager, which was average beer but came in an enormous can, which was not something to be sneezed at. When one's wife said, 'How many beers have you had?' on the cusp of driving off to someplace social of an early evening, the honest Foster's husband could say 'One!' and not be criticized, even though that one beer was the equivalent of two gigantic tankards of lusty ale."
Lloyd includes a portfolio of full-color presentations chock full of business clip art that graphs everything from the "Number of Laughs Enjoyed in Lloyd's Corporation As a Function of Profit Growth" and "Suit Size As a Function of Income/Vodka Consumption" to an examination of "What Lloyd Eats" and a summary of Lloyd's travels in Germany. If you enjoyed Stanley Bing in Esquire and Fortune, then you'll find that Lloyd is a must read. Bing's good humor captures many of the follies of business life that most readers will recognize and appreciate. --Harry C. Edwards --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In his first novel, Bing, columnist for Fortune and author of Crazy Bosses and Biz Words, offers a light satire of business life packed with glimpses, both funny and appalling, into the mentality of six-figure executives among whom every word, smile, memo and drink has its valence in the game of status. Bing's protagonist is Lloyd, a kind of middle-aged everysuit who's assigned a key role in a deal that will transform his corporation into a transnational giant and render its managers, including Lloyd, very rich. It will also, via the wonders of downsizing, result in personal catastrophe for thousands. Of course, this makes Lloyd feel bad, but what's a guy to do? He's got two kids who like toys and a wife who likes vacations. In the midst of the turmoil, Lloyd falls into an adulterous affair with Mona, a fellow exec, at the same time that he learns his wife is getting it on with the handyman. But plot is not the point here. The book is really a series of digressions and skits in which Bing touches on various aspects of corporate culture in episodic, ironic fashion. There are visuals, too: a bar graph measures Lloyd's expenditures on toys for his kids against his disposable income; a diagram illustrates how not to work a party; a pie chart called "Things Eaten by Donna" breaks down his wife's diet into only three segments (salads, sweets, white wine). Many of the gags, visual and verbal, work, and much of the book is very funny. But by the time Lloyd at last engineers a revolution to kill the deal and save all the innocents from losing their jobs, one feels that 400 pages is an awful lot of space to fill with such a light lampoon. Major ad/promo. (Apr.) FYI: Bing is a pseudonym for Gil Schwartz, director of communications for CBS Inc.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The charts and illustrations were a riot but I just couldn't really get into the book, it was very hard to like the characters. Read morePublished on June 8, 2007 by Eric J. Haines
I wish there were more books as funny as this one. I can still quote a few passages from it, and it has been a few years since i last read it. Read morePublished on January 6, 2004 by Anne Friedman
One of the funniest and most accurate accounts of the banality of executive life. The book begins in an executive retreat in Pittsburgh and ends in the a top-floor penthouse in... Read morePublished on November 13, 1999 by Kristine Susa
"LLOYD: WHAT HAPPENED" IS BILLED AS A FICTIONAL SATIRE OF THE CORPORATE WORLD IN THE 90'S. THIS IS JUST A RUSE TO AVOID LAWSUITS. Read morePublished on April 7, 1999
Mick Jagger once said that the hardest part of writing a rock & roll song was ending it. That's why many just fade out. Read morePublished on November 27, 1998