Big Picture, Small Office became quite the thing when it was introduced back in 2005. It was an insider’s look at companies with high potential being thwarted by thin men, short horizons and shallow pools of available cash. It was about large companies that managed all too often to think small. We were proud and gratified when the prestigious Fast Company magazine listed it as one of its “favorite work blogs”.
Over the next three years, through 270 anecdotes and a fascinating cast of characters, readers were able to look in on the hilarity and the humdrum – as well as the humanity – of corporate life: an affair between a buyer and a supplier starts tentatively, progresses haltingly and, finally, blossoms catastrophically; a presentation goes awry when a Reuben sandwich, heavy on the sauerkraut, makes its presence felt; a strategic alliance falls apart when the bones of the contract are ripped apart by the lawyers like a fish between two cats; an ominous shadow creeps over the Midwest plant when a disgruntled employee threatens reprisals. Some days are just better than others.
I would like to welcome you all once again to the Small Office. Big Picture Guy is back, the doors are open, the coffee is hot and a meeting (as usual) is in progress.
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I remember reading it in 2005 while starting my professional career. This is one of the best things I ever read. Incredibly formative. It helped me a lot to professionally precociously mature, avoiding lots of mistakes. Thanks Guy.