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Almost Perfect: How a Bunch of Regular Guys Built WordPerfect Corporation

  • Au­thor: 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.