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Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry? [Kindle Edition]

Lucy Kellaway
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Book Description


Let me introduce myself. I'm Martin Lukes, Special Projects Director at a-b global (UK).

In your hands is a highly unique book, which pushes the envelope literature-wise. As you will see, it is a 120 per cent honest account of a year of my life - a phenomenal year of personal progress, corporate scandal and marital drama. It not only chronicles my promotion to one of the foremost executive positions globally, but is also a profound journey of personal learning, aided and abetted by my coach, Pandora. I am often asked why I want to share my deeply private philosophies with such a wide audience. I always say it is because I am passionate about

learning. I have grown from my own mistakes, both in the professional space and the personal one, and I believe that there are many key takeaways for you here too.

Who Moved My BlackBerry (TM)? is a creovative(TM) work - to use a phrase of mine that has now entered the business lingo. I anticipate it will be the must-read of 2005.

All my very bestest


Editorial Reviews


"Few people are as well equipped as . . . Lucy Kellaway to write a novel that pokes fun at the corporate world." -- Daily Telegraph, London

"If there is any justice in the world, this book should become an instant classic." -- Financial Times Magazine, London

"It matches the very best in satire . . . If there’s one book every ambitious manager should read, it’s this one." -- Evening Standard, London

"This funny and perceptive novel cannot be recommended too highly." -- London Sunday Times

"This novel is a pitch-perfect satire of corporate life in the 21st century." -- Guardian, London


A brilliant satire of modern corporate life ... the Alan Partridge of the corporate world Daily Telegraph Enormously funny, touching ... should become an instant classic Financial Times Acutely and hilariously observed. The very best satire Evening Standard Sends up the laughable business practices that have taken hold of our offices Metro Hilarious Sunday Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 1315 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (June 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9X5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I have long been addicted to the Financial Times and Lucy Kellaway's weekly column ( on the doings and misdoings of Martin Lukes is one of the many high points of this excellent newspaper.

We have all - well most of us - known a Martin Lukes in our own offices as well. Obsessed with himself to the exclusion of all others, he blunders ahead with the finesse of a bull, frequently stumbling into a mess, yet somehow managing to extricate himself unbowed, if a little bloodied. Lucy Kellaway also has Lukes fall for every new corporate fad or trend, be it serious or merely the flavor of the month. Thus Lukes acquires a life coach (complete with the latest jargon), is caught up in corporate re-branding, dabbles with his version of corporate social responsibility and even dips a toe into outsourcing business processes to India. In the process Kellaway has great fun in parodying some of the wilder excesses of these corporate herd movements.

This book is no searching examination of business or corporate life so do not look for any major insights. It is a light-hearted dig, best enjoyed over a weekend or while waiting for a connecting flight. For regular readers of Kellaway's column, there will obviously be some déjà vu - still it is good to have several columns put together in this book. I have reduced a star more out of a personal preference - I found the humor in the weekly columns like a dash of sauce; however reading the book in a few sittings seems to dampen the flavor with some amount of overkill. All in all, a nice read for yourself or a good casual gift to a friend or business colleague.

Incidentally, the US edition cover in garish orange is a disaster and will turn away many readers. I much prefer the understated British cover with the Post-it Notes and comments.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing look at corporate ambition January 21, 2006
I once read a book (Beyond Beef by Jeremy Rifkin) that claimed the level of bovine excreta was becoming a danger to the planet's environment. Lucy Kellaway is a journalist who has long been concerned about this problem in the corporate environment.

Her creation, Martin Lukes, is well known to readers of the Financial Times. He's an arrogant, selfish, self-obsessed, insecure and ambitious marketing director in the London office of a fictitious Fortune 500 company. By publishing a collection of his emails each week, she allows us to follow his rollercoaster career and personal life, and his adoption of every corporate and marketing fad that comes along.

Martin Lukes compensates for his limited intelligence and talent with unbounded ambition. His relentless clawing up the corporate pole and poor judgement often lead to disaster, but somehow he survives and moves forward.

We all know at least one Martin Lukes. That is why the column has proved to be both compelling and amusing. Lucy Kellaway, through Martin, also introduces us to a collection of recognisable corporate and domestic characters, and fires round after round into the mumbo-jumbo that passes for strategy and public relations in some companies. I mainly cringed, often smiled and sometimes laughed out loud while reading her book.

"Who Moved My Blackberry" is a reworking of Martin Luke's weekly emails into a 13 month December to December book which, like a diary, tells the story of his life over a year. For those who read the weekly column in the FT, it could be a little too much. Whereas one column is an amusing weekly read in an otherwise dry newspaper, nearly 400 pages in book form is probably a bit much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious corporate satire December 30, 2006
Lucy Kellaway's fictional 'Martin Lukes' character is the delightfully vapid, narcissistic director of marketing at a-b global who appears in Thursday editions of London's Financial Times newspaper. This book compiles a year's worth of Martin's columns in a series of e-mails and text messages. Instead of doing actual work, Martin flatters superiors, flirts with personal assistants and offers unsolicited self-promotion to everyone. He hires CoachworX! for an Executive Bronze Life Coaching Program to 'achieve performance levels that are 22.5 percent better than the very best I can be.'

a-b global's CEO gives a speech to staff and investors from a golf course as the share price plummets and signs his e-mails 'I love you all'. The firm spends over $20 million on Project Rebrand and hires 12 rebranding consultants from Beyond the Box, but eventually obtains its new name from employee suggestions generated during a corporate 'on line jamming session'. Martin then spearheads the ill-fated Project Boxer Shorts to publicly donate obsolete corporate apparel featuring the old logo to homeless shelters.

I enjoyed this book so much that I finished reading it within a day. Hopefully another year's worth of material will be collected into a sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL Funny October 11, 2006
If you've read this far in the reviews you already know this book is a satire on corporate work life. But as a connoisseur and practitioner of sarcasm and anything black that can possibly poke fun at Life's Absurdities I have to tell you this book is one of the funniest things I've seen or read since Seinfeld or the original Saturday Night Live series.

If you are frustrated and disgusted with lazy bosses, full-of-themselves co-workers and clueless subordinates this book, about Martin Lukes, the quintessential Bozo of All Workplaces, was written just for you.

Read it and weap...? Nah, read it and laugh. Out loud.

Thank you Lucy Kellaway. I think I can make it through another day at work now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars fine. Would have benefited if I read it on ...
It was, well, fine. Would have benefited if I read it on a chapter-per-week basis. As far as I know, the book came from the column of the author. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, so familiar in corporate environment
If you are a white collar office worker this is what you will enjoy. Funny, funny and hilarious. Not far from reality at all.
Published 5 months ago by Xiaobai
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Lucy Kellaway knocks it out of the park with this witty satire. It is about a chap named Martin Lukes. We all have worked with one of these guys. Read more
Published 7 months ago by RadLady
2.0 out of 5 stars Soggy pain au chocolat
I picked up this book for its 1) catchy cover and 2) author whose opinions and style I enjoy in her FT column. Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by Sognireader
3.0 out of 5 stars Painful to read
Whew. What a depressing book. Martin Jukes, corporate climber and buzzword sycophant, is our main character. Read more
Published on November 23, 2011 by Debnance at Readerbuzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but with a 22.5% bonus
I enjoyed this book so much and the fact that you got to sit over Martin's shoulder for a honest to gosh year long life-coaching session was an added bonus (too bad they only paid... Read more
Published on September 29, 2011 by J. Harston
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny read for Blackberry Addicts
Written entirely in text and Blackberry email exchange, this is a humorous look into the corporate world and relationships. Read more
Published on March 20, 2011 by Sukhraj Beasla
5.0 out of 5 stars Satire - worthy of Oscar Wilde
I loved the book. I couldn't stop laughing. Kellaway is the new Oscar Wilde
Published on September 3, 2010 by Martin J. Leahy
2.0 out of 5 stars Derivative and Stupid
On the back cover a blurb from Fast Company magazine praises "Who Moved My Blackberry?" as "The Office meets Bridget Jones's Diary in perhaps the funniest thing ever written. Read more
Published on March 28, 2010 by Jiang Xueqin
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackberry Addicts
It's a great gift for all those who are unable to leave the modern toy alone, even in restaurants and at the dinner table. It's a good easy read.
Published on December 21, 2009 by A. Crannis
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