The Provocateur

LEADERSHIP CANNOT BE SEPARATED FROM MARKETING Provocateurs believe the leader's most important task is marketing. Since the relationship with the customer is the business's center, one cannot separate leadership from marketing or ...

Author: Lawrence Weber

Publisher: Currency

ISBN: 9780676806533

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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What’s the difference between CEOs like Lou Gerstner of IBM and Larry Ellison of Oracle? Between basketball coaches Phil Jackson and Bobby Knight? Or media entrepreneurs Oprah Winfrey and Rupert Murdoch? Gerstner, Jackson, and Winfrey are provocateurs, leaders who are successful not just because they have built a company or an organization, but because they have created a community. Provocateurs are changing both the form and the content of leadership and are in sync with a world being turned upside down by technology, the global economy, and the social landscape. Success has traditionally been based on command and control, and the model for many leaders was the general who marshaled people and resources to get the product out the door and onto the shelf. Early in his career, Larry Weber had the opportunity to meet or work with people like Mitch Kapor, the founder of Lotus, and Steve Jobs, the cofounder of Apple. He saw that they were more like the leaders of rock bands (or the directors of theater groups or circus ringmasters), who encourage innovation and individuality. A rock band does have a leader—think of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones—but one who promotes the group and encourages individuality. And when a rival band comes to town, it’s not cause for head-to-head competition but an opportunity to increase the size of the pie by creating more fans, or customers, for their genre of music. Provocateurs think and act differently because they put the customer at the center of everything. They are: * Educators like Patrick McGovern, who built IDG into a publishing and research powerhouse by empowering his employees to think globally and act locally; * Entertainers like Jeff Taylor, who managed to build a bond with employees and customers through talent and charisma; * Sherpas like Rick Wagoner, who is guiding General Motors into new territories; * Concierges like Lou Gerstner of IBM, who believe the product is important but so are customer service, delivery, financing, and every other element. They keep everything running smoothly from check-in to check-out. So, if someone says, “Your company is like a circus,” Larry Weber wants you to take it as a compliment. After all, who wouldn’t want to be compared with Cirque du Soleil, an organization that combines creativity, artistry, and caring for its people with success and profit. The people running organizations like this circus are provocateurs at the cutting edge of business. For a free subscription to the Crown Business E-Newsletter, e-mail [email protected] Visit the Crown Business website at


The provocateur exhibits himself either by showing his body or by displaying his fashion sense . ... Contrary to Baudrillard's ( 1990 ) contention , it is clear that advertising also portrays men as provocateurs or seducers .

Author: Anthony Joseph Paul Cortese

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742524981

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 181

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This updated second edition offers a refined theoretical framework, new pedagogical features, and expansion of advertising images and their analysis. Controversially, the second edition highlights preliminary evidence, contrary to popular opinion, that media sex and violence do not always sell. The new edition reviews these and other recent research findings. Other updates for this edition include: an evaluation of advertisements following the 9-11 terrorist attacks more on media violence and its nexus to youth violence new discussion of the use of advertising in law enforcement introduces the concept hybridizing (combinations of two types of advertising) many new ads representing cultural changes since the first edition

The Provocateur

Since my information about the suspicions they entertained was very incomplete , I took the floor and inquired : “ May I have your view of the facts and the identity of the provocateur or provocateurs ? ” “ What we think is simple ...

Author: René-Victor Pilhes

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: UCAL:B3590219

Category: France

Page: 278

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A socialistically inclined human relations officer in the French subsidiary of a huge multinational company devoted to the manufacture of agricultural machinery, secretly circulates diatribes to all the employees targeting the leadership of the company and the foundations of the contemporary capitalism.


It is at this stage in your life that sponsoring provocateurs may well become your calling. ... Provocateur sponsors are like grandparents, invaluable friends and guides who get to walk away from the direct implementation because the ...

Author: Paul Levesque

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 9781609943394

Category: Self-Help

Page: 200

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Many people set out to achieve a dream-starting a business or learning to play the piano or publishing a book-but they don't succeed, and the dream fizzles away. In many cases, these people have lots of skills and expertise, such as deep knowledge of the business or career they are interested in, so why don't they succeed? Paul Levesque and Art McNeil have discovered that making a dream come true requires cultivating skills of a higher order-macroskills-that inevitably spell the difference between success and failure no matter what the specifics of a person's dreams are. These are the skills Dreamcrafting outlines in detail.

Let It Go

Provocateur like this who will emerge during tense times such as downsizing. This person will try to disrupt the delicate decision-making process that the other participants have agreed upon, stir up dissent, and use this opportunity to ...

Author: Peter Walsh

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781623367794

Category: House & Home

Page: 256

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Say goodbye to clutter, reduce stress, and live simply with this easy-to-use guide to downsizing! Whether you are selling your family home, blending households into a new home, or cleaning out your aging parents' home, sorting through a lifetime's worth of accumulated possessions can be a daunting and stressful experience. Decluttering guru Peter Walsh recently went through the process of downsizing his childhood home and dividing his late parents' family possessions. He realized that making these decisions about mementos and heirlooms creates strong emotions and can be an overwhelming chore. In Let It Go, Peter will help you turn downsizing into a rejuvenating life change with his useful tips and practical takeaways, including how to: • Understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing • Establish a hierarchy of mementos and collectibles • Calculate the amount of stuff you can bring into your new life • Create strategies for dividing heirlooms among family members without drama This new phase brings unexpected freedoms and opportunities, and Peter walks you through every step of the process. You’ll feel freer and happier than you ever thought possible once you Let It Go.

U S Intelligence Agencies and Activities

According to the trial information , the chief Government witness was an agent provocateur and apparently the jury ... Now I have no quarrel with informers , but I do have a problem with the use of provocateurs , which are certainly ...

Author: United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Intelligence


ISBN: MSU:31293022267128

Category: Intelligence service


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Domestic intelligence programs

According to the trial information , the chief Government witness was an agent provocateur and apparently the jury ... Now I have no quarrel with informers , but I do have a problem with the use of provocateurs , which are certainly ...

Author: United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Intelligence


ISBN: UIUC:30112119391693

Category: Intelligence service

Page: 2035

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The Literary Channel

In fictional contexts, the Victorian fascination with the agent provocateur is symptomatic. This figure represents an attempt to conceive of moral and ethical complexities that challenge the desiring but wouldbe virtuous subject.

Author: Margaret Cohen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691050027

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 319

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In the Channel zone, the novel developed through interactions among texts, readers, writers, and translators that inextricably linked national literary cultures. It served as a forum to promote and critique nationalist cliches, whether from the standpoint of Enlightenment cosmopolitanism, the insurgent nationalism of colonized spaces, or the non-nationalized culture of consumption. In the process, the Channel zone promoted codes that became the genre's hallmarks, including the sentimental poetics that would shape fiction through the nineteenth century.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

When the provocateur had put forward his case, he folded his arms and refused to answer any more questions. The police chief didn't like the look of the provocateur (it was indeed provocative), so he made use of a couple of the CIA ...

Author: Jonas Jonasson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781401304393

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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A larger-than-life old man with a fondness for vodka goes on an unexpected adventure in this whimsical novel -- perfect for fans of Forrest Gump and A Man Called Ove. The international publishing sensation -- more than six million copies sold worldwide! A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert) decides it's not too late to start over . . . After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant). It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

The Deconstructed Church

The provocateur in the ECM is not comfortable being the functional representative of the faith on behalf of the faithful, but sees him- or herself as the point of instigation to mobilize others into taking a stand somewhere.

Author: Gerardo Marti

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199381074

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Winner of the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion The Emerging Church Movement (ECM) is a creative, entrepreneurial religious movement that strives to achieve social legitimacy and spiritual vitality by actively disassociating from its roots in conservative, evangelical Christianity and "deconstructing" contemporary expressions of Christianity. Emerging Christians see themselves as overturning outdated interpretations of the Bible, transforming hierarchical religious institutions, and re-orienting Christianity to step outside the walls of church buildings toward working among and serving others in the "real world." Drawing on ethnographic observation of emerging congregations, pub churches, neo-monastic communities, conferences, online networks, in-depth interviews, and congregational surveys in the US, UK, and Ireland, Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel provide a comprehensive social-scientific analysis of the development and significance of the ECM. Emerging Christians, they find, are shaping a distinct religious orientation that encourages individualism, deep relationships with others, new ideas about the nature of truth, doubt, and God, and innovations in preaching, worship, Eucharist, and leadership.