Or How to Retire While You're Still Working
By Stanley Bing
(HarperBusiness, Hardcover, 9780061340352, 208pp.)
Publication Date: June 2008
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People in the high flush of a successful but sometimes frenetic business career often look with envy at those who have entered their golden years. Ah! they think. To be retired! Free to wake when you wish, to have the time to reflect on the deeper things in life, play golf or quoits, or just go fishin' in the middle of the day. The stressed-out mind boggles at the prospect, and the lip cannot help but tremble and drool.
At the same time, you may not be emotionallyor financiallyready to hang it all up. Which is why, whether you're a withered graybeard or a teeny young future hotshot in leather jodhpurs, you need Stanley Bing's global positioning system for a sane and pleasantly successful life: Executricks, or How to Retire While You're Still Working.
Bing is the ultimate corporate insider, one who has attained nosebleed altitude and worked long and hard enough to lose his desire to work long and hard enough. Over time, he has watched the power players who have made their jobs into a waking festival of indolence and fun, and gleaned a vast range of executricks they have developed over the years, based around several core concepts:
- Delegation, or getting other people to do the stuff you don't want to
- Absence, or the ability to get "work" done while not being physically on the scene
- Abuse of status
- Acting visionary when confused
- Intense engagement (used only in crisis)
A wellspring of executricks flow from these simple precepts, including:
- The use of the cell phone and BlackBerry to establish a permanent state of simultaneous Omniscience and Not-Presence
- Roping off mealtimes as zones of defensible entitlement
- Travel as an alternative to work
- The art of the nap
- Golfthe ultimate dodge
- Philanthropy and social activism, a pleasant parallel universe
Executricks is the most precious of resources for those who work hard but would rather be hardly working: a secret handbook that lays bare the stratagems of those who have already ascended to the pinnacles of power. No office, home, or backpack should be without a dog-eared copy. Early adopters earn extra points.
Stanley Bing is a columnist for Fortune magazine and the bestselling author of Crazy Bosses, What Would Machiavelli Do?, Throwing the Elephant, Sun Tzu Was a Sizzy, 100 Bullshit Jobs . . . And How to Get Them, and The Big Bing, as well as the novels Lloyd: What Happened and You Look Nice Today. By day he is an haute executive in a gigantic multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.
“Bing is hilarious!”
“A masterful curmudgeon who causes laugh-out-loud moments.”
“Nobody pricks corporate balloons better than Stanley Bing.”
-New York Post