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Piranhas in the Bidet: A Snappy Guide to Better Partnerships with Your Customers, Your People and Yourself! [Paperback]

Phil Jesson
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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Pen Press (19 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906710260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906710262
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Gray is the newly-appointed and much harassed Chief Executive of Alderton's, a large company that has known better days. When his boss offers him the use of a chauffeur for one day each month, he is as pleased as Punch - until George Willis turns up, as pristine as his Bentley, immaculately mannered and full of philosophical advice that Simon just does not want to hear. But as Willis drives his boss to various meetings - not to mention up the wall - a tentative friendship forms between the two men, and Simon is gradually forced to admit that some of the chauffeur's ideas, from strategy and account management to leadership skills and fostering team spirit, could be the saving of Alderton's - and of Simon himself. But is George Willis really who he appears to be?

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read with humour and helpful hints 12 Feb 2009
Since taking on a much greater leading role in our family business I am always happy to have-a-go at reading a recommended book. I really didn't expect a book with this title to flow so smoothly. My husband asked what on earth I was reading about in bed that held my attention so well. Piranhas was quick and punchy and the humour and happy banter made this possible the easiest business book to enjoy. I love the title which so well reflects some of the searching questions posed. With a summary of key points raised at the end of each chapter I feel sure I shall dip back into it from time to time - that is when my co director returns the book !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging and 'novel' business book! 8 Feb 2009
This fantastic business book puts across all the relevant points of being a great leader, via an engaging story . Business lessons pour from every page, as chauffeur Willis and new CEO Simon make their way up and down the country. The story is heartwarmingly told and with serious practical tips summarized for each chapter and at the end of book, it's easy to reference. I'll be rereading this book many times -so funny, so sensible, so relevant - brilliant!
W Duckham. Sales and Marketing Director
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book is worth its weight in gold!

Packed full of guidance for anyone running a business or in a leadership role plus hugely valuable free extras available from the author's website. And all brilliantly packaged in a story that is truly captivating. I took the book with me on holiday and then got told off by my wife for not paying her enough attention!

This is one of those very rare books that I will be treating as a source of reference for the future. In fact, I've downloaded the extra resources and I'm using them in my own business right now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A leadership book with a real difference 5 Dec 2008
Amongst the host of leadership books available on the market it was a real discovery to come across this gem. The author skillfully weaves many powerful leadership lessons into an entertaining and engaging story.
You will find yourself hooked by the story (I couldn't put it down!) and benefitting from the insightful leadership lessons. The book also includes a highly useful "toolkit" at the end and you get the added bonus of being able to download some very useful additional resources too (these are now downloaded to my laptop for frequent reference - download details are contained in the book). All in all a must read for those in business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A brilliant 5/5!
I've read my fair share of management and leadership books. Well more precisely I've started reading plenty. The problem is they are so boring and full of cliches.
It's not just the title of this book Piranahas in the bidet that is different, the whole approach is different. It's a beautifully written, interesting book to read. I found myself really caring about the characters and learned a lot of really valuable stuff, almost without realising it, whilst being entertained. What could be nicer?
I'm really looking forward to putting some of my new learning into practise!
Please write another one Phil Jesson. Mandy Humphreys
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and gateaway to other resource 24 Oct 2012
By Jason
Format:Kindle Edition
Phil has run 2 training sessions within my company and both have been very informative in regards to Account Management.

The books is excellent and makes the lessons snappy and readable and with the summary allows you to dip in and out for tips.

I would also refer to the website kamguru.com which dovetails with the book and gives you more of an overview of key account management plus leading your teams etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical advice 15 Jun 2010
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This is an excellent resource for on-going business advice. It's clearly written. It's not patronising but gives you practical useful tips for how you can make a difference with your business. Summary points at the end of each chapter and the A to Z tips at the back are invaluable. This is excellent for all small and growing businesses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job 4 May 2009
A truely effortless read which is full of little business gems. The book is great at looking at 'business' from different perspectives. Having just become a manager in an office environment the book has helped me maximise the output from my team. Would recommend to all business people who want to think outside the box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piranhas in the Bidet
A great book so full of tips and tidbits that I have read it more than once. Not just a text book but easy to pick up and read like a novel. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2010 by Nick Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW - A Great Business Book Again
At long last along comes a great business book, after years of so so books. I love this book and it is a great dip in book, but equally engaging to read straight through. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2009 by David A. Stanford
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
I've read this book twice now, and could probably read another 2 times and still not have exhausted it's usefulness. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2009 by S. Fenwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best business book I have read
I was given this book and like so many it sat on my shelf for a while. What a mistake to make. When I started reading it I immediately realised that it was different. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2009 by P. J. Adlam
4.0 out of 5 stars But, who is Willis
Rarely are business books so packed full of tips.

A fictional business book that will educate and entertain. Read more
Published on 16 July 2009 by Ken Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
Piranhas sat on the pile of "waiting to be read" books for about a month before it's turn came and then I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2009 by Mr. Ian J. Plover
5.0 out of 5 stars A deceptively warm yet powerful read
This book delivers some succinct and simple advice in a warm and engaging story. I really identified with Simon Gray as he encountered business issues that were all too familiar. Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by Christine Adames
5.0 out of 5 stars Snappy title for a book with bite
Phil Jesson is that rare business author, someone who has taken fantastic business ideas and put them into a book which, quite simply, is a bloody good read. Read more
Published on 27 April 2009 by David Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!
This book is amazing. I couldn't put it down!

It is a bit different from the average business book as it is written as a story and not just and list of what to do. Read more
Published on 24 April 2009 by Mr. G. Levine
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