I wrote a longer review of the book on my blog: A fun read that applies zen philosophies playfully to modern day managing up. Otherwise don't care about what you do, because life doesn't care about you. Through this book, I learned how not to struggle, how to sit and wait, and how to regain my sanity in this new world. The rest of us must deal with them. Elephants are terrific bullshit artists and are never doing quite as well as you think they are.
It was equally inscrutable all the way around, said the blind man. Loved the book, hated the cover on the reprint edition. The first time I read this book, it didn't make any sense to me. Stanley Bing is a columnist for Fortune magazine and the author of What Would Machiavelli Do? All it takes is the proper state of mind, a step-by-step plan, and a great leap of faith. Keep him overfed and well fed throughout the day. Despite moments when his Buddha-speak becomes grating, overall Throwing the Elephant is cleverly written and provides some interesting perspectives to entertain the brain while you eat lunch hunched over your keyboard.
The audience was convulsed with laughter, since nothing is quite as amusing as an elephant in a playful mood. In the end, the elephant—your elephant—will and can always be nothing more nor less than itself. Without this business Zen, I surely would have snatched every hair out of my head in my fits. Those who do not will be swept along with the tide. There is only the Elephant.
Mostly, it treats the executive as an uncaring, inhumane beast and to feed its wants and needs in order to gain leverage. It can be done, because for some strange reason, in spite of all their size and power, elephants need direction and know it. Beyond this level lies the land of the practiced Zen masters, culminating in the ability to leverage and then throw the now-weightless elephant—and even play catch with it at corporate retreats. One story goes like this: During a game of doubles, the trim Mr. Yes, there is some humor in this book. For, yes, such as we may be happier than any elephant can ever be.
Because sometimes you've got to be selfless, compassionate, and completely empty to get the job done. If What Would Machiavelli Would Do? Young Sid Arthur was a part of a great family, a family of rich and powerful businessmen who ruled their metropolitan area in the days before consolidation. So I recalibrated my expectations. After all, we are not literally feeling or moving a real elephant. Zen is many things, many solutions to many mysteries. Ha ha ha on the elephant! Your elephant cannot get over its self.
I found it frustrating that everything was written as an analogy or a philosophical parallel. Serious students will then move to intermediate steps, from Polishing the Elephant's Tusks to Hiding from the Elephant When It Has Been Drinking and Feels Quite Nasty. By day, he works for a gigantic multinational conglomerate whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business. We call it cocktails and appetizers. While in their conference room perusing some papers, he came upon a middle manager who was being yelled at by a. Only some of them are elephants. I'm not sure how the author has had several books published.
Elephants are hedonistic, even in their self-denial. I have a new clarity and calm at work thanks to this book. It is Zen that enables one to take an object of enormous weight and size and mold it in one's grasp like a ball of Silly Putty. Without this business Zen, I surely The first time I read this book, it didn't make any sense to me. Because sometimes you've got to be selfless, compassionate, and completely empty to get the job done.
Serious students will then move to intermediate steps, from Polishing the Elephant's Tusks to Hiding from the Elephant When It Has Been Drinking and Feels Quite Nasty. Elephants eat a tremendous amount, tons and tons of food every week, even though for many of them it is mostly tuna and salad. Brown-nosing is not what this book is about, brown-nosing involves a different mindset entirely than what Stanley Bing puts forward in this book. They like to dress well and travel in conveyances designed with their needs in mind. Because sometimes you've got to be selfless, compassionate, and completely empty to get the job done. The book's only weakness is that it relies too much on its elephant metaphor, and sometimes it is very unclear on what the author is trying to communicate. Because sometimes you've got to be selfless, compassionate, and completely empty to get the job done.