An Accidental Manager. Tales From the Corporate Jungle by Roger Collis

By Roger Collis

Pungent, pithy, irreverent, hard-hitting, hilarious, succinct, wittily subversive, enjoyable, compulsive analyzing. those are a few of the epithets used to explain 'An unintended supervisor - stories from the company jungle,' Roger Collis' new publication, distilled from a long time of expertise as a world advertising govt and as a popular newspaper and journal columnist struggling with the nook of road-warriors around the world.

The writer brilliantly captures the absurdities, pretensions and jargon of the enterprise jungle, and may quick have you ever chuckling on the means he unfailingly spots the factitious and the modish. The reader will take pleasure in assembly the solid of characters who come to existence in lots of of the tales: the Chairman; the devious Welshman; Guratsky, the author's putative alta ego; his secretary, the bitch-goddess Helen; Mel Geist; Sammy Kalbfleish; and Stanley Zilch, the crazed soothsayer of the Blue Skies study Institute in damaged Springs, Colorado. The witty,...

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You see how we’ve broken up the somewhat bleak interior of the store into more intimate boutique sections? This soda fountain, for example. This is the age of the environment. ’ ‘It certainly sounds very uplifting, Tom. ’ Making your presents felt 1993 Business Life; Executive Travel I think it was Picasso who de­scribed his early days as a struggling artist in Paris as a time when the difference be­tween a sale and a gift was negligible. Paraphrase that slightly and you’ve hit the nail on the thumb as far as business gifts are concerned – there’s a very fine line between a bribe and a genuine business gift.

You may be passed from one voice mail to another or else patched through to a mobile. Even if you do manage to speak in person and in real time, you may find that the guy you want is sitting across the aisle from you in business class, on the way to the same conference. Meetingmanship requires a strategic and tactical approach, depending on whether you’re talking conferences or meetings. Conferences differ from meetings, mainly because they are occasions when you are talked at rather than talking among, if you follow.

Some meetings are leaderless when they start - a chairman emerging by dint of rank or strength of personality. A useful role is that of ‘shadow chairman,’ speaking, as it were, from the back benches. This is often done as a prelude to a meeting within a meeting. But perhaps the ultimate ploy is to chair a meeting consisting of your boss and other heavy hitters. Do this through a ‘planned crisis,’ for which, of course, you provide a miraculous solution. You may also need to decide whether to make your presentation on slides, an overhead projector or a flip-chart (this works well for brainstorming, when you control the meeting by selectively writing down what people say) or with your new Banana 2 laptop with split-screen color graphics.

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