Relax Without Getting The Axe


Next week marks the publication of my new paperback -- How To Relax Without Getting The Axe. It's a thorough rethinking and repositioning of my seminal work on executive life, Executricks, or How To Retire While You're Still Working, published about six seconds before the recession hit over a year or so ago. The premise of that book was that he or she who perfects an executive lifestyle can emulate the existence of an affluent retiree. The basic concept of that book, and the suite of executive strategies contained therein, stands tall to this day, and those who acquired the work in hard cover have nothing to complain about. It was clear, however, when I contemplated the publication of the paperback this fall, that nobody at this juncture is thinking about retirement, affluent or otherwise. We're all thinking about how to hang on to what we've got and protect our flanks from competitors, ambitious peers and colleagues and vicious McKinseyites now running down our hallways with silver hatchets.

So as much as I hate actual work, I sat down and rewrote the book for the somewhat despicable times in which we live. I believe it is very important that we all continue to live and work with distinction as true executives do, even if we are not executives, even if many executives now labor in somewhat reduced circumstances. The basic tools of executive life remain as solid and staunch as  they were in better times. People still delegate. They continue to operate from remote and inaccessible locations. They use/abuse the perks of their jobs. They work on the things they choose, for intense, brief bursts. They define their jobs more than you or I can do. They have more fun. And as we see from today's news from the world of banking, they continue to live without shame and suck up huge bonuses if they can get them.

There is no reason why people like you and I cannot study these executricks, modifying them for the world we now live in, and soldier through the muck and mire to, as much as possible, relax without getting the axe. Others are doing it. We can, too. With, of course, the right guide at hand. It's now available on Amazon both in print and in a Kindle edition for you e-readers. I discuss the book at some length today on Reuters, if you are interested.

And by the way. If in the next month or so you go to an airport bookstore and they do not have my book, please let me know about it. I'm not in a perfectly sanguine mood these days and there are some butts I'd like to kick if I get the slightest provocation. That's a well-known executive skill too, you know.

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Bing screwing the dog and selling the pups has been around for a long time, practised by most people regardless of their willingness to admit it or not.

People are by nature lazy, and that's a good thing,,, otherwise we would have no inventions to take the tedium out of real work..

Let's face it...how many shovels of gravel or dirt do you need to shovel before you realize a bulldozer is a better way to do the job.

Sorry if I don't read your book, I don't have the time,,,so I will wait for the movie to come out and save me the trouble of trying to figure out the plot.

Smoking as your brand signature?
EEEKK...hope it's a prop...for your topic that's why they invented MBWA

Yeah. The cigar is bad. I'm going to have a picture of myself chewing on a carrot next time, like Bugs Bunny.

Bing, have you been paying attention to what's been happening in the universal job market?

Really, you're cool with that cigar and the square rings you blow; but, until you grace the 9 to 5 group with a walk across New York Harbor from Manhattan to the Bronx, your book may not make it to the airport bookstores.

Your readers likely flatter you because your use of the language gives them a vicarious experience
of kicking the boss in the pants.

Putting the boss straight works well, perhaps if you have a life line to his boss. Chow!

Maybe a carrot would be better. They use a similar cigar-smoking silhouette at the start of TVs "American Greed" each week.
Thanks for the heads up on your book. I've got one on order.

Ah yes old ax fell upon my neck in 2002, but alas my stupid employer or what was left after two bankruptcies, gave us all 6 months notice that the great black hooded one was coming. Alas I pretty much cease working, oh I signed stuff for sure, but real work NADA. I knew of millions of dollars of certain claims we had, oh hummm why bother. When the days dwindled to a precious few, I deleted all my computer files and just ceased thinking. And then free at last free at last. Funny the firm called a few months later about all the claims -- $50 million or so and where they were sent, "Oh I forgot." "maybe Jim has them, ah he was fired too" The axee became the axor.

I can't help you with the airport bookstore - I haven't flown since I retired. I think there's still a rut in the sky between here and Kansas City from those 'good old days'.
Besides, the real deal would be a copy autographed by the author. When are you going to be here for the signing?

Bing.. Smoking can take tens years off your life...

Luckily it is the last ten years,,the years when you sit in the old folks home gumming your porrige in a wet diaper as the not so nice attendant slaps you on the back of the head to make you eat the stuff so you can live longer so he/she can collect the fees from you..

"How to relax without getting the axe".

Bing, reading "Annie" this morning and how after age 50 you're enrolled in the over the hill gang, one possible solution might be: Draft all people on social security; they get paid anyway, don't they?

Why waste all that job experience that they have by letting them occupy the rocking chair.

"George Jones", the old leatherneck wrote a song: "Idon't need no rocking chair"; he may be a little bit old, but he ain't impaired!

Our young volunteers defending freedom maybe could use a little helping hand; perhaps K.P. or jeep driver--every little bit helps, don't it?

Somebody has got to step in to help lighten the chores of these contributing young men and women.

Hey, you guys. I don't know about you, but I'm quite young. Stop sending crud about rocking chairs that are over the hill.

The topic of my book is very simple: successful people control their work flow. They define how their time is spent more than other people. They work very hard in short burst, and the rest of the time they are doing other things, things that are defined as "business," but are more fun and more expressive of their personalities and needs. You can be that person. If you try. No matter how small and insignificant you think you are.

You should negotiate a deal to sell out the exclusive run to large companies, to keep it from getting into the hands of their employees.

Even with a volume discount, you could generate nice margins due to reduced marketing spend and no returns.

Very much looking forward to acquiring your book....how would I go about acquiring an autographed copy without revealing my true identity? The liberal opinions I've expressed in this blog could prove dangerous in Spokane....which is just a hop from rightwing dingbat-land across the Idaho border (where Fox News is the equivalent of the BBC for Brits).

Actually, I'd love to sign any copies that I could, Mike. You could send it to me at my office in New York. It's just a black rock's toss from Rockefeller Center...

Bing, you are a young man, no doubt about it!

But, haven't you ever seen some very "old" young men from time to time in your work life who want to retire from work before they even begin to work?

Those guys working the floor of the NYSE and the CBOT really have a passion for their work; the body language shows it.