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MBA by Douglas Board #Spotlight #Satire #Excerpt #BlogTour

I’m going to be featuring each of these books over the three days of this tour, starting today with “MBA”.
Tomorrow it will be the turn of “The Rats: A White House Satire”  and
on Wednesday “Time of Lies”…..

Why is so much of the world managed by arseholes? When workaholic business school hot shot Ben Stillman is fired, he has the chance to find out. Not a guy to sit still, Ben jumps head first into turning his former business school into a world-class madrassa of capitalism.

Ben has ten days to rescue the launch of its spectacular glass tower, and his own career – ten days during which he will have to confront terrorist plots, undercover police, the extravagant demands of the super-rich, and the only woman who can save him from this madness.

A satirical thriller, a love story, and a wry look at modern management ideology all rolled into one – MBA is a piercing yet hopeful enquiry into the meaning of success.

Purchase Links:

30% off with discount code BLOGTOURMBA http://eye-books.com/books/mba

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/MBA-Douglas-Board-ebook/dp/B00YS91B02

UShttps://www.amazon.com/MBA-Douglas-Board-ebook/dp/B00YS91B02

Promotional Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=hUOs5YqqkBg

 

Here’s an excerpt from “MBA” by Douglas Board

Why is so much of the world managed by arseholes? ‘MBA’ – the abbreviation for a master’s degree in business administration – is a farce set at an English business school run by globe-trotting American professor William C Gyro. When Ben, a high-flying graduate of the college, is suddenly fired for no reason, Gyro asks him to rescue the very imminent, star-studded opening of a spectacular all-glass tower.

In this foreword recorded three years after the opening, Gyro speaks to the author who records him. Sounds like bullshit? Well yes – bullshit is Gyro’s speciality.

You’re recording now? Jeez. Well, I guess so. Can I call you Doug? Since we’ve learned a bit about each other now.

I get it – a foreword from one of the characters. Some say the leading character. Speaking from the heart and telling it like it is: which is what leaders do. Feedback is, I’m pretty good at it. About two minutes’ worth, you say? (Pause.)

None of us saw the banking crisis coming. Sure, I was ahead of most folks; I often am. But I’ve learned not to bullshit myself. Bullshitting yourself is a one-way trip; in God’s good time you find out no-one’s selling returns. Remember the guy who made forty-six billion out of whatsmyname.com? Bill Szygenda. He bullshitted himself so much, he fooled the rest of us! But that’s another story  ‒ one you can read in my book Beyond Easy, Beyond Difficult.

But look at it another way: the future is inevitable. It’s staring us in the face. All we have to do is recognise it.

Hampton was zilch. Educationally, it was a trash-can in a back street of a ghetto. For twenty years folks had dumped second-raters, third-raters and worse kinds of shit in it. But I saw a team hungry to be world-class. Starving. All they needed was leadership.

Today the stars of the future know about Hampton. I mean tomorrow’s really bright kids in tomorrow’s places, in Shanghai, in Togo, in Buenos Aires. Right here’s where they want to study. Ahead of Harvard. Ahead of CEIBS. Read the surveys: do the math.

Why? Because today, Hampton is synonymous with telling the truth. And integrity is the key issue for business in the twenty-first century. Just get alignment around integrity ‒ talking straight, thinking straight, feeling straight ‒ and amazing things will happen.

This is the story of how we did that and how we hit a few home runs along the way.  You know ‒ doubled the number of doctors in the NHS and saved the world’s banking system.

Here’s the thing: those man-on-the-moon achievements depended on totally unseen people. This book will show you those unseen people. That’s why I was tickled pink to become a Commander of the British Empire. What a neat idea ‒ an empire you can’t see to honour the people you can’t see. Personally, as I told Her Majesty, it was a big enough honour just to spell ‘honour’ with a ‘u’!

The bottom line? The only thing which will save us from the next crisis is what we’ve learned from this one. And what we’ve learned is, in the twenty-first century, leadership and learning are the key business issues.

Alongside integrity. And the environment.

 

Professor William C Gyro CBE

Deputy Governor of the Bank of England

Chairman of the United Nations Task Force on Leadership

and emeritus Dean, Hampton Management College

Author Bio

Douglas Board is the author of the campus satire MBA (Lightning Books, 2015), which asked why so much of the business world is Managed By Arseholes. Time of Lies, his second novel, is a timely exploration of the collapse of democracy.

Born in Hong Kong, he has degrees from Cambridge and Harvard and worked for the UK Treasury and then as a headhunter. He has also had a distinguished career in public life, serving as treasurer of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and chairing the British Refugee Council.

As well as writing fiction, he is the author of two applied research books on leadership, which was the subject of his doctorate. He is currently a senior visiting fellow at the Cass Business School in London. He and his wife Tricia Sibbons live in London and Johannesburg.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @BoardWryter

https://douglasboard.com/home/

Follow the tour:

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources
– for providing content for this post and organising the tour it is part of –
and to Douglas Board for his Guest Post!

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