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May 12, 2011

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BenSix

...he is the author of Beria, Best Manager of the 20th Century...

That, in fairness, does depend on what you see as management, er - qualities.

dsquared

Best Manager of the 20th century I really can't see how they justify. But some of the performances of the glory-years of FC Electrik Lubianka would give him a decent claim on Best Manager of the Europa Cup.

belle le triste

Author of Who Sent My Cheese to the Gulag? Beria and the Management of Change...

Richard J

The White Sea Canal: An operational study in man-management.

jamie

"No man - no problem: a corporate guide to how cost cutting can help beat, beat, and once again, beat your competitors."

Richard J

Moving into lifestyle market with 'Zeks and the City: Losing weight fast with the potato peel and logging diet.'

Richard J

Speaking of mid-century atrocities, I see that John Demjanjuk has been convicted for a second time, this time as, hopefully, the right person.

CharlieMcMenamin

C'mon now, be fair - who else has such a well founded claim to be the originator of such staple modern HR techniques as performance related pain?

chris y

Beria, Best Manager of the 20th Century

which club did he manage?

Oh sorry, wrong thread...

Cian

'The One Minute Execution: Managing for Change.'

CharlieMcMenamin

The 59 Second Show Trial Confession: How to Stay Ahead of your One Minute Executioner

Richard J

Darkness at Noon: How to display teaming in the self-appraisal process during tough times.

Alex

"Feel the Fear and Beg for Mercy, Then Disgrace Yourself By Denouncing All Your Friends, And Get Shot Anyway"

Svetlana Stalin, I think, said that Beria was the only Soviet leader who could have been the president of IBM.

Malcolm Phillips

Soviet project management: tolerances? what tolerances?

I'm kind of looking forward to Demjanjuk winning a series of appeals on grounds of mistaken identity, only to be tried and convicted of being every one of these people in turn:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13367098

CharlieMcMenamin

Svetlana Stalin, I think, said that Beria was the only Soviet leader who could have been the president of IBM.

IBM? Petty stiuff: Stalin's reincarnation actually made it to the real top by managing Manchester United

Malcolm Phillips

“At first Chairman Mao didn’t totally embrace the tradition but I am happy to say that he regularly comes into my office for a glass of wine after a purge,” Stalin said.

“I enjoy a little social contact after purges because that is virtually the only time we get close to people who are rivals but who are also our fellow professionals.”

Alex

which reminds us of the Nazi-Soviet prisoner exchanges, held on a station platform in Poland. Each side would bring in a train on one side of the platform and the SS and NKVD agents would cross-check each other's lists.

Cian

"Feel the Fear and Die Anyway"

ejh

How To Kill Friends And Influence People

chris y

Poskrebyshev's Law: or, The Pursuit of Progressives.

Chris Williams

"The Sixty-Second Manager: Liquidating Middle-Ranking Saboteurs En Masse"

Cian

The Seven Habits of the Enemies of the Revolution

Barry Freed

Simple Sabotage Field Manual, Russian edition.

http://bloodandtreasure.typepad.com/blood_treasure/2011/03/our-sons-of-libya.html?cid=6a00d834518d3769e2014e600421dc970c#comment-6a00d834518d3769e2014e600421dc970c

Sorry I couldn't embed the link, I kept getting errors; but that entire thread is classic B&T on what ajay termed "Satan's management textbook."

Cian

Who Moved My Saboteur: How to Deal with Changes to your five year Targets

dsquared

What They Don't Teach You At The KGB Academy

Richard J

"Communism = Soviet Power + Electrification: Achieving synergies and crushing wreckers"

Barry Freed

Purges for Dummies.

Barry Freed

And don't miss the rest of the series:
Gulags for Dummies, Show Trials for Dummies, etc.

Cian

Secrets of the Secretariat

Richard J

That wasn't an HR manual, cian, that was part of the series of films that included Confessions of a Trotsykite Wrecker and Confessions of a Menshevik Spy For The British.

Barry Freed

Don't forget the classics:

How to Arrest Your Colleagues' Relatives & Influence People.

Cian

Neuro-Electric Programming: the new technology of achievement.

Barry Freed

Ah, I see Justin had beat me to my last.

dsquared

Cluetrain to the Finland Station.

Alex

Big to Enormous - In Pursuit of Unlimited Extensive Growth.

dsquared

Getting to "I Confess": Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In.

Barry Freed

The Effective Executioner in Action

CharlieMcMenamin

Lean Organisations: The Gulag Example

Cian

the lada and the birch tree.

skidmarx

Keep Fucking That Chicken Soup For The Soul.

7 Habits Of Highly Effective Ex-Seminarians.

Alex

Accounting for Growth - How To Hit Your Plan Targets Every Year

Richard J

"Never leave home without it!" - Ken Lay.

ajay

Getting to "I Confess": Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In.

I liked this.

Or a self-help book: Frozen Prehistoric Salamanders For The Soul.
(ref. here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/44315205/Gulag-Archipelago)

Alex

Come to think of it, Accounting for Growth would be literally applicable to the 1960s Soviet chemical industry or today's Chinese residential construction sector just as much as it was to Enron or the Thatcher-era City. So long as there are accounts and there is growth, there will be people trying to falsify the first to give the impression of the second.

Cian

"Things they don't teach you in the Gulag"

"Rat gruel for the New Soviet Man"

Richard J

So long as there are accounts and there is growth, there will be people trying to falsify the first to give the impression of the second.

Oh, yeah. True wisdom in accountancy, grasshopper, comes once you realise it is an art masquerading as an objective record of note.

Feel the fear and, well, just feel it, comrade.

Alex

I Married a Communist: It Was Only Sensible.

Alex

Of course, the lurking variable here is that Red Plenty is almost a handbook on how to succeed in Soviet industry in the 1960s, especially the bits on expectations-managing the SOVNARKHOZ process.

Richard J

Round the Warsaw Pact on Five Turnips a Day

jamie

I Married a Communist: So did everybody else.

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