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Crimes of Cunning: A comedy of personal and political transformation in the deteriorating contemporary workplace. Kindle Edition
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Well written and much enjoyed!
Mayo also is very good at relating wry anecdotes in which no one is spared, least of all himself.
Even in the successes he recounts, Mayo cites misgivings about the poor ethics and callousness of his business. He also acknowledges the strain that corporate travel puts on families.
Mayo’s book could be good reading for today’s college business majors, helping them recognize and avoid today’s companies headed for scandal and bankruptcy.
I worked in a telecom around the time Tony Mayo's career was blossoming and I could relate to the mania that ruled. It wasn't funny at the time but Mayo uses his storytelling strength to paint clear pictures of sometimes cataclysmic careers at several large companies that we all knew and loved. I understood exactly what was being depicted in this novel because I've also worked in and consulted with large corporations where profits are king and humanity has no place at all, although that experience is not a prerequisite for enjoying this work.
Who should read this book? Anyone who:
• has ever worked for or with MCI, Sprint or any other telecom
• has purchased telecom services
• has ever worked in a large corporation or consulted with such giants
• has provided strategy or implementation for a complex project
• is building a career and reputation while being thrown off guard from difficult higher ups
• is responsible for any form of sales (outstanding sales guidance!)
• has a spouse
That's a large audience, I know, but if you qualify, I enthusiastically recommend reading Crimes of Cunning, which will put a lot of your experience in a carefully analyzed, often hysterical, perspective.
Mayo is an outstanding writer who, like Pat Lencioni, masterfully uses storytelling to lead the reader through an experience, not around it. And it works. Although Mayo's high degree of research on the facts is evident, his creative style, his vulnerability, is why I couldn't wait to continue reading the book.
I look forward to his next work.
It is a joy to see great wisdom from someone who “ate the dogfood and drank the Kool-Aid” willingly and willfully contributing to the trends that would end up in the collapse of our banks, real estate and stock market in 2008; but then became a true leader with this critical, painful, and powerful mantra: “If I wanted to have a better career, I needed to become a better person."
This is not just a business book, this is a Life book. An Affirmation of Virtues book. A Civilization Transforming book for those in every aspect of our world who would bring the Light to the dark places where others fear to go. Tony wraps up with this quote from Hellen Keller (who was blind and deaf from birth):
"I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."
Tony is a good friend, a wise coach and a witty tour guide, for those who would walk in the dark and bring the Light of Reason and Benevolence to the dark places in our society.