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Warning!: May Contain Nuts! absolutely the first definitive review of the incompetent, inadvertent and occasionally illegal world of business in the new Millenium.

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Warning!: May Contain Nuts! absolutely the first definitive review of the incompetent, inadvertent and occasionally illegal world of business in the new Millenium.

Barry J. Gibbons

ISBN: 978-1-841-12462-9 March 2003 Capstone 224 Pages

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In Warning: May Contain Nuts we are once again pleasantly immersed in the world which is Barry Gibbons. Following on from his best selling Dream Merchants and Howboys, Barry Gibbons, former CEO of Burger King and iconoclast, gives a hilarious and insightful account of how and why businesses get it wrong!

Through a series of droll vignettes, Gibbons takes us on a romp-roaring ride through the next 999 years of corporate mayhem and madness - bad behaviours which affect everyone - from the street sweeper to the CEO in his private jet. Because we're not talking about little blips on a profit and loss statement in a poxy sector of some niche industry.

Business has far more an impact on our daily lives than government or politics. About half of the world's biggest economies are now corporations. From Enron's attempt to bring back the eighties with their excessive greed to Vodafone's loosing millions (that didn't actually exist in the first place) - Gibbons rips into the antics of these once trusted companies. So is it all doom and gloom? Are we destined for failure because of the frolicking these companies get up to - at our expense!? Are there any lessons or optimistic quick turn-around plans of action that Gibbons can share with us? Not really. But Warning: May Contain Nuts makes for some highly entertaining reading. And for the clever among us the lessons are implied. Just don't be daft.

Introduction vii

1 The Emerald Tiger and Dame Edna 1

2 Mediocre, Sad and Cheating: The Ascent of Man 8

3 How Many Tears ... 12

4 Reflections from Tibet 16

5 Wisdom from the Little Red (Business) Book 21

6 Viva El Gato 25

7 The Return of El Gato 29

8 Zero Tolerance? Make My Day … 33

9 An Apple a Day … 37

10 Have it Your Way … 41

11 Yes, We Have No Bananas 45

12 What News from the Rialto? 49

13 Jury’s Still Out 53

14 Bill and Me – Such Good Losers 57

15 Midsummer Night Dreams 61

16 Listen Carefully: I Will Say This Only Once 65

17 Be Like Mike … 69

18 I’m Dreaming of a … Green Ketchup? 73

19 Lessons from the Golf Pro 77

20 Learning the Hard Way 81

21 When Dilbert was Funny 85

22 Champagne First, Please 89

23 All That Useless Beauty 93

24 Lights Out, Please 97

25 Amazingly Graceless 101

26 R U there? This is 4 U 105

27 Loaves and Fishes 109

28 Hello AOL, Goodbye Oldsmobile 113

29 Dr Who? 118

30 Only When I Laugh 123

31 More Stuff, Less Choice 127

32 Remedies for the ‘Ohno Moment’ 131

33 The Last Post (Office) 135

34 The Benefits of S.E.A.L. 139

35 The Changing Face of Giants 144

36 No Wonder We Are Living Longer 148

37 Rebel Without a Cause 152

38 ‘I Say, Would You Mind Awfully …’ 156

39 Don’t Read This Before Your Chicken Soup 160

40 It’s Life, Jim – But Not As We Know It 164

41 People are Our Greatest Asset (and Other Corporate Lies) 168

42 And So it Came to Pass … Oh No it Didn’t … 172

43 Danger! Genius at Work 176

44 That Was The Week That Was 180

45 Go On, Surprise Me – Make My Day 184

46 The Defense Speaks 188

47 Across the Great Divide 193

48 And Now for Something Completely Different 198

Index 203

"…It is certainly wacky, irreverent and very funny…" (Professional Manager, May 2003)

"…very amusing and painfully honest look at the foibles and failures of business today…" (Business Executive, April 2003)

"…This is a really interesting and entertaining book…" (Marketing, 5 June 2003)