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Monday, July 24, 2006 9:00 AM
Harry Potter is Good to Great
Michelle Medley on Business

Tom Morris has done what you knew somebody was going to do sooner or later: He’s written a book called “If Harry Potter Ran General Electric” (Doubleday, $24.95).

Morris’ book applies the fundamentals of J.K. Rowling’s imaginary world of wizards to the real practice of business. “When Dumbledore, headmaster of the Hogwarts school, says, ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities,’ it makes you think about how business is done. Hiring the best and brightest won’t work if they don’t make the right choices,” wrote Jim Pawlak in a book review for “The Dallas Morning News.”

Sure, but can’t we have even more fun imagining how the business world would be if we had access to a few of Rowling’s magical devices? The workplace could include:
-- The sorting hat: for new hires, to determine which department they should really work in
-- The howler: to eliminate the need for confrontation; you’d just send someone the message that screams out loud
-- The sneakoscope: lights up and spins when you’re in the presence of someone untrustworthy
-- The invisibility cloak: to glide unseen into that closed-door meeting of the big cheeses
-- The Nimbus Two Thousand racing broom: the best way to leave that mind-numbing meeting
-- The wand:  to fix laptops, alter deadlines and produce brilliant “next big thing” best-selling book ideas

All this leads me to believe there’s a book in this: “Harry Potter and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Flying.” (Dumbledore, $24.95)

1 comment

Kai Christensen - 7/24/2006 4:02:30 PM
This would be the place where I would want to work.


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