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Mark H. McCormack, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in American business, is widely credited as the founder of the modern-day sports marketing industry. On a handshake with Arnold Palmer and less than a thousand dollars, he started International Management Group and, over a four-decade period, built the company into a multimillion-dollar ente
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Published June 1st 1986 by Bantam (first published 1984)
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Filled with anecdotes and not many concrete strategies, "What They Don't Teach You" is an interesting collection of advice from a guy who's "been there." This book seems like something you might want to keep on your shelf and open up once in a while when you get stuck or need some good ideas.
Loy Machedo
First and foremost - Who is Mark McCormack?
Mark Hume McCormack (November 6, 1930 – May 16, 2003) was an American lawyer, sports agent and writer. He was the founder and chairman of International Management Group, now IMG, an international management organization serving sports figures and celebrities.

McCormack was featured as one of the Forbes 400 Richest Americans in 1995, 1998, 2001. In 1990, he was named the "Most Powerful Man in Sports" by The Sporting News. His impact on the Sporting World
Sneh Asnani
The book is about management strategies from the Marck which he had learnt during his career of working for various clients, starting his own firm and growing it. The tone of the book is prescriptive throughout and it makes you feel that someone is constantly teaching you the do's and dont's of business.
If you have spent a couple of years in the industry already, you would already know most of the gyan. The examples are from Mark's real life, who runs a firm dealing with sports marketing and st
Mike Rogero
Pretty disappointing in both content and form. It is basic common sense stuff...which they don't teach in HBS, probably because you are supposed to know this stuff early or intuitively.
Some pearls of wisdom, but not well written. Here are a few of my favorite anecdotes & quotes:

1. "Why don't we close down all the plants and then we'll really start to save money?" ~Charlie Beacham, Ford executive

2. If you aren't making mistakes you aren't trying hard enough

3. "Impressing Wall Street has become the Great American Corporate Pastime. Long-term gains are sacrificed for short-term benefits. Bad corporate decisions are made because a company would rather look good than be good.
حاتم عاشور
الكتاب لا يتعدى أن يكون إضاءات في عالم الأعمال .. يشمل الإدارة والعلاقة مع الموظفين والدخول في عالم الأعمال .. وبسبب قدم الكتاب فسوف تشعر بأن بعض النقاط التي يتحدث عنها تحتاج إلى تطوير أو أصبحت لا يعتمد عليها .. وكذلك هي عبارة عن نقاط من تجربة شخصية .. حينها سوف تدرس كل منها وتقيس مدى تطبيقها من حالتك.

يجب أن يحتوي على منهجيات كي يكون أكثر عملية من نقاط سردية.
Joe Thacker
The very first business book I ever read, my grandma bought it for me from the Cole's bookstore in Lethbridge when I was in grade 10. Not a very good book, but I have fond memories of starting my long path of learning.
Carlos Velasco
Selling is what they don't teach you at Harvard Business School. ;-) Of course the book is loaded with useful facts from a real-world businessman. Street smarts will love this one from the late Mark McCormack.
J. R. Martin
Read many years ago when tarnsitioning from the Navy to civilian life. Very insightful. Should be required reading for all college graduates.
Yasmen El-Shaa'rawy
Old school, yet few old is pretty good (or gold!). Might be helpful for beginners and/or intermediate.
This book contained many interesting insights and points about business. The author’s provocative title is well deserved, although a little trite as a business school generally does not seek to cover the same material as this book (as opposed to claiming to cover it and not, trying and doing a bad job, or teaching something significantly opposed). Having been first published in 1984, some minor points now seem a little outdated, but the general principles still apply. It would be interesting to ...more
Tyler Storm
Great book for those starting a career in business or really any field to be honest. A lot of relevant information for young individuals. Kind of gets you into the baby boomer mentality and you can understand why they do what they do at work. You can obtain a lot of information from the 1st read but you have to put it in practice. Remember that at the end it is just this guys opinion, not an absolute fact.

The author has some very interesting stories and this book is quite easy to read. Its more
Trinh Chau
Thú thật là cuốn sách không để lại ấn tượng gì mấy. Ngôn ngữ khá khô khan và không truyền cảm hứng cho mình. Hoặc giả những kinh nghiệm trong sách đều được mình lướt qua từ các tài liệu khác rồi, nên đọc sách này không thấy có bài học nào thật sự được rút ra.
Suhas Bharadwaj
A must-read for any aspiring entrepreneur. A book written with a great deal of experience by an author with great deal of success. Beautifully emphasizes on every aspect of business and management. What they teach you at Harvard Business School? Everything but people.
Well, someone has a chip on their shoulder.

And though my MBA is not from Harvard, practically everything this author mentions is taught in business school, but with more detail and more theory.

Not worth your time.
There are some interesting thoughts here and there but overall this was not a pleasure to read. Not very well written and too narcissistic for my taste, this book offers little real advice and a lot of stories about why the author is as successful as he is...
This book is surprisingly old and has some hilarious anachronisms (e.g. dictation of letters, casual sexism...) and I can see why the author's choice to illustrate his examples with self-serving stories from his own company/career would annoy some people, but it didn't bother me and I still found nuggets of really useful/interesting information in here.
Bibhu Ashish
A practical book with some great tips on how to meander through the complex maze of business world. Written in simple language, this is a no non-sense book which can be used as a cheat sheet by all business executives.
So boring. Solo me dio curiosidad, y dice puras cosas megalógicas. Creo que no te las enseñan en Harvard porque para cualquier persona con una inteligencia aunque sea media son obviedades.
Iain Hamill
Collection of anecdotes which are entertaining but assume like too many "popular" management and business books like correlation and causation are inherently linked.
quite interesting !!..the real life experiences can be inferred with certain amount of customization..keeping in mind the popular trends and organizational culture....
Carla Hall D'Ambra
A little dated but good advice for newbies in the business world... obviously written before IT era. Mark H. McCormack has obviously "been there, done that."
Heidi Wiechert
Some of the vocabulary is outdated in this, but the underlying philosophies are sound.
Robert Manders
Read it and get your kids to read it who are going into business.
dull, obvious, and poorly written. they most certainly do teach you this at Harvard, but it's much more in depth and backed up with research.
Fajnie sie czyta, duzo ciekawych anegdot, szkoda tylko, ze ksiazka jest z poczatku lat 80-tych, wiec z lekka outdated.
Pranali Churi
Very well written book. Must read for a business person.
Gunjan Gupta
This book is all about teaching us that it is the simple things you do that will ensure you do great in your work.
Beautifully written and a must read.
Madeline Wright
I wanted to like this book, but for some reason it became a chore to finish. The subject matter was interesting at the beginning, but the main problem for me is that it tried to turn a person's business and negotiation advice/ case study of his own company into a textbook, which took a long time to get through. If the chapters were shortened by 50% they could have achieved the exact same effect.
Excellent read! Highly Recommended.
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