Surviving in a Corporate Jungle

About the Book

You've decided you want to go work at Acme Inc, so you need to get yourself prepared for life in the corporate jungle.  This book will introduce you to some of the animals you will meet there and describe in colourful details what life is really like as you explore the new reality you are faced with.

Or perhaps you are stuck in a corporate jungle and just want a different way to think about your daily life.  Once you picture Peter, your boss, as a snake, you might naturally change how you behave around him, because we have instinctive reactions to animals but mistakenly assume we can apply logic when dealing with humans.

There is no reason you have to be content surviving in the corporate jungle.  Through some of the illustrations and scenarios in the book, you may identify opportunities in your own corporation where you can thrive.  There is no right way to thrive, there is only your way to thrive.  One person may thrive by deliberately being difficult and obtuse, confident they are doing their best for the corporate, another may be deliberately disrupting and challenging the status quo.  Imagining your own reactions and interactions in animal terms may be just the tonic you need, or may help you identify opportunities where you are surviving due to your animal behaviours and becoming a different animal would allow you to thrive.  

Regardless of your reason for reading this book, it will hopefully bring something different to the daily grind of corporate life.  Happy Hunting :)

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About the Author

Mark Barnes
Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes is a business-driven, value orientated, technology geek.

He has worked in a variety of roles, in a variety of companies, in multiple continents.  His roles have covered the entire Customer Value chain from Customer to Delivery.  He has advised, implemented and delivered as necessary to meet the customer's needs.  He has worked in companies ranging from small agile shops, startups through to global investment banks or software companies.

His passion is making computers work for humans, rather than the other way round.  He views technology as a tool, rather than a master and is constantly expanding his toolchest to be ready and armed for the next technology battle.  He blogs occasionally and left facebook years ago when it went mainstream and fluffy.  His current day job is finding ways to exploit virtualisation and cloud for faster, better delivery.

His views are often unconventional, even confrontational or just bizarre.  He welcomes feedback and will gladly share opinions if solicited (and occasionally when not).

His motto is:

Think Differently, Why Not?

About the Contributors

Greg Clifton
Greg Clifton


Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Map Of The Jungle
    • Jungle Binoculars
    • Packed Lunch
    • Rules Of The Jungle
  • Exploring The Jungle
    • Avoid Tour Guides
    • Be Inquisitive
    • Walk, Don’t Run
    • Don’t Stray Too Far
    • Lookout For Big Cats
  • Surviving The Jungle
    • Use The Grapevines
    • Play It Safe
    • Pace Yourself
    • Feed The Ants
    • Charm The Snakes
  • Thriving In The Jungle
    • Go On Safari
    • Play With Fire
    • Climb
    • Gather Together
    • Employ Experts
  • Corporate Animals
    • Birds Of Prey
    • Big Cats
    • Primates
    • Snakes
    • Elephants
    • Bears
    • Insects
    • Parrots
  • Corporate Ecosystems
    • Media And Telecoms
    • Banking And Finance
    • Government
    • Consultancies
  • Happy Hunting
    • About The Author
    • About The Illustrator

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