Saturday, October 1, 2011

Why the "Chuck" vs. the Business World?

So, why write a book titled "Chuck" vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV?

Here's my comment that I posted on

As a writer, economist, and adjunct college professor in an MBA program, I'm always trying to think of new, improved and fun ways to communicate and educate about business. I found some interesting opportunities in an unexpected place - the "Chuck" television show. The fact that so much of this amusing TV series takes place in a fictional electronics store meant that there's a great deal to talk regarding issues like management/worker relations, trust in business, the use and misuse of technology, partnerships, entrepreneurship, motivating people, courage, failure, striking the right balance between the professional and the personal - particularly, between work and family - and much, much more. To a great extent, the lessons from "Chuck" are about what not to do in your career and business. But there are some valuable positive lessons as well. I hope this book offers some quick tips for career and business, as well as serving as a starting point for discussion in the classroom. By the way, the book is laid out so that if you've never watched "Chuck," you can still benefit. It also provides episode references so people can leap off from a certain scene into a discussion of the topic at hand. In the end, business tips can be found on TV, and "Chuck" vs. the Business World will be the first in the "Business Tips on TV" series. 

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