What I always appreciated about the American people is their way of not making you feel bad for something you don’t know, but even making you curious to learn about it. While the Romanian common practice is to make you feel ashamed if you lack a certain information in a public attendance, the American would rather take you by the hand, talk to you in an enthuasiatic manner and even stirr up your interest upon a field you have never thought you might have come accross.
By his intelligent and clever speech Mr. Peter H. Frank not only that he persuaded me to have his book, but he reminded me of some key elements I need to be aware of in my daily life, such as putting every thought in writing before I turn it into an action, meaning to gave a strategy in everyhting I do. The author told us that he has never met a Romanian business man in ten years that had a written strategy, which really made me wonder about how slippery and shallow is our business market.
Humanitas Publishing House just released the Romanian version of How to Be a Lot Less Stupid: A Guide to Critical Thinking in Business by Peter H. Frank, a book dedicated to the businesses domain in its broadest sense possible. The book translated by Cecilia Laslo, entitled – M-am săturat să fiu prost-Incursiune în gândirea critică pentru oameni de afaceri și nu numai can be purchased in all Humanitas bookshops, as well as online.
Radu Crăciun: Peter practices what he preaches and preaches what he practiced. First of all, he is not a theorist, he is rather a knowledgeable practitioner, who has the willingness to share with us his experiences, which he placed in a rigorous structure. His bibliografical refferences towards theory elements only enrich the language of the book by offering the possibility to the curios and the motivated ones to deepen their areas of interest.
Lidia Moise: In his book, Peter Frank draws us the attention upon many facts. For example, he tells us if we want to be able to understand how business is done, why is it started and when is the right moment to close a deal, then we need to read a lot, not only books from his interest area, but from all literary fields. A successful businessman is an extremely cultivated man.
Cristina Bazavan: Peter does a little magic and shows us the philosphy of business. You can sense that there is an existing structure since the moment he sat down writing this book. In his writing he uses an American technique which is called show, don’t tell. Not only is he into showing us facts, he really takes us into the depths of things he writes. My favorite chapters are the ones that explain how to write an article and how to write a memo, which in my opinion can easily become a course at the Faculty of Journalism.
Sorin Paslaru: The moment you are capable of writing, to turn your thoughts into words on a paper or in a word file, to motivate an ideea, the first step for the action you intend doing was already made. You have the content, but what about its structure? Structure is the key, and structure emerges when you are able to find the answers to some questions.
Peter H. Frank: Truthfully, I never expected three esteemed journalists talking about something I did, unless I was dead or on my way to prison. So this is a relief as well. The reason I wrote the book is to get listened to and to be able to complete a thought. In my case, it had a bit of urgency and passsion behind it, because it’s been 30 years since sitting in meetings, thousands of meetings, in which nothing is of any importance and nobody is heard. The point of the meeting is to attend, not to actually say anything. So, how do you get people to back up and to recognize that their thinking may not flow as simply or as smoothly as you conceive that it needs to.