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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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16. Danger! Genius at work

I hit the entrance to big business in the 1970s, armed only with a pair of flared trousers and an MBA. As I remember it, the trousers were of respectable quality and lasted a few months before I discarded them, moving on to the safety pins and rags of punk rock. The MBA, however, lasted only a week or two. It took just that long to realise fancy stuff was of no use in the real world of business. Whenever I mentioned regression analysis, people would blush and turn away as though I had left my flies undone.

As I progressed up the ladder of big business, I found my inspiration in other sources. Strangely, the higher I got, the more the works of the great philosophers played a part. When I reached the shores of the United ...

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