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Wine Bar Theory [Hardcover]

Bill Butcher , David Gilbertson
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Book Description

2 Sep 2013

Wine Bar Theory is an attitude and an approach to work. It's not about cutting corners, it's about wanting the very best and not settling for less. It's a theory that can pave your road to success.

Author David Gilbertson built a failing company into a successful multi-billion dollar business without getting up at 4:00am or working until midnight. He knows how to work better, and get brilliant results. Now in just 28 simple rules, he spells out the secret of his success; everyday accessible strategies for creative professionals, managers, students, entrepreneurs, and anyone who wants to get ahead in life. As one rule follows another, he builds a compelling narrative on paving the way to success (and getting that all-important time to go to a wine bar with friends, or just time to think).

Covering workplace issues and business strategy, Wine Bar Theory shows you things you can do more easily, and things you don't need to do at all. It's about being effective and not just busy. This affordable, pocket-sized book is a business book like no other. Its creative illustrations are by Bill Butcher, whose work is seen in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and the Economist.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (2 Sep 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0714865834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714865836
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 12.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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…a solid guideline of how to conduct a respectable small business or sole-proprietorship…grab a glass of wine and kick back with this book for an evening. It is well worth the time...Zabel Illustration

About the Author

Media consultant and adviser David Gilbertson is a leading businessman with over 30 years experience in the information industry. Starting out as a journalist for Reuters after graduating from Cambridge University, Gilbertson went on to become an influential figure in business, as CEO of multinational publishing company Informa and media company Emap. Gilbertson now chairs and invests in a number of international media companies and advises a leading private equity group. He lives and works in London.

Bill Butcher illustrates for a global roster of clients, including the Financial Times, How To Spend It magazine, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Intelligent Life magazine and Fortune magazine, alongside taking on prestigious commissions for public and private portraits. He lives and works in Clerkenwell, London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great business book 22 Sep 2013
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Full or great tips and advice I highly recommend this book to any manager or leader of a changing business
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book! 20 Nov 2013
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Wine Bar Theory is brief, humorous and well informed. It provides a superb list for health-checking any business. If a business is not following all of the 28 rules, then it better have a very good reason. I have been a board director for several years and reckon this to be one of best reference books I have read. I recommend that everyone in business should read Wine Bar Theory and then carry it with them at all times. Well done Mr. Gilbertson!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tell it like it is 7 Nov 2013
By Bruce
The perfect antidote to the usual puffed up hubris found in books about business. Highly readable and more importantly re-readable. Rule number 2. Keep it simple!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classy book 30 Oct 2013
By thomlee
This is packed full of the best business theory. Of the 28 rules, you could read a book on each. However, this concise and wonderfully elegant book brilliantly introduces the reader to the common mistakes and fallacies that are all too present within business and outside of it. It can be read in hours but after 25 years in business it reminded me of important lessons I knew but had neglected. This should be read by anyone who, like me, likes simple and clear rational rather than a lot of boring jargon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and humourous read 29 Oct 2013
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David Gilbertsons book is an intelligent and fun read. It is the perfect antidote to the idea that if you are not in the office for 14 hours a day, every day, then you cant possibly be maximising 1. opportunities 2. your firms investment in you 3. use of Facebook. David's book goes all the way back to work smart, not hard. Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, funny and useful 18 Oct 2013
I love this book because he helps to simplify an increasingly complex, info overloaded world. A very practical guide it cuts through all the b*llocks and jargon. The overriding feeling I get when I pick it up is of clarity. The layout and design is also great so it really works as a handbook, something to have on your desk/ bedside table for re-reading and occasional browsing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the first three rules and my business purpose changed
This is so easy to pick up and dip into but I started with rule 1 and by rule 3 I had already rethought my business purpose and business model. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Oonagh Harpur
5.0 out of 5 stars Best management book I have ever read!
The book is the most clear and concise description of how to run a business I have ever read. Simply brilliant! The author must have made a mint.
Published 3 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, simple, concise: time for another glass
The antidote to business books. Brief, simple, beautifully designed and mercifully free of manager-speak. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Punches way above its weight
There are a fair few long books that don't tell you that much that's either new or insightful. There are very few books that pack wisdom, insight, humour and practical suggestions... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Professor Mark Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, funny, convincing, beautiful - if you want to succeed in...
I love this book. It is smart, convincing, direct, brilliantly simple and beautifully illustrated. It is also peppered with personal anecdotes and brutally funny. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S.V.Kempe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I just delivered a copy of Wine Bar Theory to each of my 20 staff.

I enjoyed it the first time, more so the second, and it contains, in a very easy to read and absorb... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hedge
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