For business audiences looking for laughter and a lesson, there is no better speaker than Stanley Bing. His latest book Bingsop's Fables: Little Morals for Big Business (HarperBusiness) is a collection of playful fables that poke fun at corporate archetypes and impart useful and humorous lessons. His previous titles 100 Bullshit Jobs...And How to Get Them, Crazy Bosses, Executricks: Or How to Retire While You're Still Working, Sun Tzu Was a Sissy: Conquer Your Enemies, Promote Your Friends, and Wage the Real Art of War, were published to enormous acclaim and national best-sellerdom. Earlier, Bing published the national best-seller Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up and before that, his perennial best-seller What Would Machiavelli Do? The Ends Justify the Meanness.
Bing began his writing career at Esquire. Since 1995 Bing has had a regular column featured on the back page of Fortune magazine every two weeks. His work also regularly appears in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, New York Magazine, Men’s Health, and many other publications. He has been a regular commentator on NPR.
Bing has been featured in Time magazine and appeared on the CBS Early Show, CBS's Sunday Morning, Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto, and many other national programs.
At the lecture podium, Bing’s funny, barbed, and informational take on the corporate workplace is insightful as well as humorous. With topics derived from a long and successful career as an ultra-senior executive in a highly-secret multinational entity with revenues greater than that of Brazil, he offers a unique perspective on just about every issue working people are likely to face on the job -- from the nature of creativity in a gray environment to the types and flavors of the crazy bosses we all work for and, more importantly, seek to manage in some way. No matter the topic, he zooms in with gusto on the business world in which we all move, teaching employees to think outside the box and, for those without a box, how to get one.
Author. Columnist. Powerful corporate executive. Bing is who his audience wants him to be, and he’s only too happy to share his secrets of success. Uniquely comfortable addressing audiences in every type of business, groups both large and small, before or after dinner or afternoon golf or even sometimes during drinks, he speaks equally well to nutty CEOs in love with themselves or frustrated middle management looking for a leg up. A seasoned performer, Bing’s presentations are always the highlight of any corporate retreat, management meeting or professional boondoggle.
According to Bing, people in business love instructional tales, because most of the time they don't know what's going on in business or what to do about it. Stories help them make their way, particularly those with morals that hit home. Bing's newest book, Bingsop's Fables, is animated with a cast of archetypal characters that are as iconic and representative of human nature as were the jackdaw, the bull, the snake, the hare, the lion, the horse and all the rest of the birds and beasts that populated the stories of that other fabulist, Aesop. The Credulous Investor, the Nasty Mogul, the Ill-tempered Public Relations Executive, the wounded CEO, the sharp-toothed McKinsey Consultant -- each struts his hour upon the stage and, in the end, presents us with a moral that rings so true it would hurt, were we not laughing.
Bing is also the author of the books Bizwords: Power Talk for Fun and Profit; Crazy Bosses: Spotting Them, Serving Them, Surviving Them (updated in 2007), and Lloyd: What Happened, a novel with accompanying computer graphics. Fortune called Lloyd “a rollicking saga of a mega deal run amok,” and reiterated its support by publishing an excerpt from the book – the first fiction to appear in the magazine in over 50 years. His most recent novel, You Look Nice Today, was hailed by Time magazine, which raved, “for a portrait of corporate life, you’d have to go back to The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit to find its equal.” It has been optioned for a motion picture deal.
Praise for Bingsop's Fables
"Biting wisdom of the corporate world conveyed through a series of clever moral tales and anthropomorphic illustrations...Deceptively simple bedtime stories for adults."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Bing thoroughly, humorously modernizes the popular moral lessons into bite-sized anecdotes that are as easy to digest as they are to apply to the workplace."
-- Publishers Weekly
Praise for Crazy Bosses
"A hilarious, thought-provoking war plan for the battlefield of the modern workplace."
-- Fox News
"Bing is hilarious!"
-- Don Imus
Praise for 100 Bullshit Jobs...And How to Get Them
"A masterful curmudgeon who causes laugh-out-loud moments."
-- USA Today