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Almost Perfect by W.E. Pete Peterson
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Let's see... death marches, a company that proudly explains the employees that it doesn't care at all about their happiness or future, and that they will never get promoted.

The CEO explaining that coming to work with "a bad attitude" should be grounds for dismissal without compensation, or that congratulating someone on the birth of a son is improper use of company time.

These guys chose wrong every time they had to make a strategic decision, and were unsympathetic hardasses to boot, but got lucky half a dozen times when their competitors self-destructed, or simply didn't care about the market, and rode a wave of coincidence and slapstick to the top of the anthill.

All things considered, a fine manual on how not to run a company, written by the guy that ran one.

That said company was extremely succesful (for a decade!) is perhaps the best part. Had they been even half competent at their job, they would probably still exist.
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