This compendium gathers advice from 50 individuals from the past and present who have had a thing or two to say about handling oneself in business. The personal guidelines proffered here are based on personal experience, and they are arranged into eight chapters by broad topic, which include "Management Principles," "Leadership Secrets," "Wall Street Wizards," and "Maxims for Life." Chrysler head Lee Iacocca offers his commandments of management, which should be listened to, since he certainly turned that car company around. Bill Gates, touted here as today's richest man in the world, discusses digital information. We hear from John Patterson, the "father of modern salesmanship." And John Johnson, the "most powerful African-American businessperson" in the country, instructs readers in selling anything in five minutes or less. But these lessons in business are really lessons in successful living and can be appreciated for that by anyone. Brad HooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
The Cutting Edge
The most successful business people are often also the busiest, acknowledges Peter Krass, a regular contributor to Investor's Business Daily and editor of the Book of Wisdom series. Therefore, he offers The Little book of Business Wisdom: Rules of Success from More Than 50 Business Legends. The advice is varied and often contradictory, but provides readers with a smorgasbord of ideas. From Lee Iacocca's guidelines for CEOs ("Make sure you're maximizing earnings today") to Lillian Vernon's questions for would-be entrepreneurs ("Are you prepared to work extremely hard?"), the advice is succinct but rarely simplistic.
--Publishers Weekly October 30, 2000