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BINGSOP'S FABLES by Stanley Bing

BINGSOP'S FABLES

Little Morals for Big Business

By Stanley Bing (Author) , Steve Brodner (Illustrator)

Pub Date: April 26th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-199852-2
Publisher: Harper Business

Biting wisdom of the corporate world conveyed through a series of clever moral tales and anthropomorphic illustrations.

Borrowing from the style and structure of Aesop’s Fables, Fortune magazine columnist and author Bing (Executricks: Or How to Retire While You're Still Working, 2008, etc.) focuses his keen observer’s eye on the egos, misjudgments and general mayhem that sink or float the players in American Big Business. Offering a wealth of advice on navigating the tricky waters of corporate politics and interpersonal relationships, these parables are equally relevant for life outside the office. Bing’s pithy, humorous guidance is dispensed through his alter ego, Bingsop. The short volume is loaded with scathingly funny, and recognizable, corporate archetypes: the CEO, the Media Mogul, the Benefits Manager, the Consultants, among others. The fun begins with the “Translator’s Note,” in which the author explains that he is writing from a time far in the future recounting the collected wisdom of a scribe from early-21st-century America. Brodner's illustrations of animals as human caricatures are clever and offbeat. Each tale ends with a moral that cuts to the chase—e.g., “Everybody wants to think outside the box unless it’s their box,” or “It’s your ring people are kissing, not you."

Deceptively simple bedtime stories for adults.