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It Pays to be Paranoid: Securing Business Success by Preparing for the Worst [Paperback]

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It Pays to Be Paranoid is a book about avoiding mistakes-the kind of mistakes that can result in catastrophic expenses, lawsuits, losses, and bankruptcies. As a veteran private investigator and business consultant, Eiben has witnessed firsthand how frequently such easily avoidable mistakes wreak financial and personal havoc on businesspeople. Why do otherwise smart, capable professionals stumble into foreseeable traps? More importantly, what more can they do to recognize and avoid them?

Through in-depth analysis of compellingly authentic case studies and insight born of his years of experience in the field, Eiben explains how certain prescriptive measures-more careful hiring practices, improved security, effective and thorough due diligence, and others-can limit risks and improve the odds of business success. In the current business climate, with the ever-increasing strategies available to the unscrupulous, the devious, the imaginative, and the outright criminal, this kind of "paranoia" isn't just a necessary tool-it's a virtue.

Christopher Eiben is president of The Research Group, Inc., which provides litigation support and investigative services to diverse companies. He has worked on hundreds of cases concerning financial fraud, workplace accidents, negligent hiring, sexual harassment, corporate acquisitions and executive recruitment. He is a licensed private investigator and a member of several respected investigator trade groups. Previously, he was a labor law specialist supervised by the Ohio Attorney General's office, where his investigations helped establish case law in the areas of corporate labor practices.

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Pages   196
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 26, 2004
Publisher   Agate
ISBN  1932841024  
ISBN13  9781932841022  

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Chapters provide plenty of case histories   Mar 5, 2005
Just when does paranoia pay off? When it can be used to recognize and avoid foreseeable mistakes in business: that's the message of It Pays To Be Paranoid: Securing Business Success By Preparing For The Worst, which helps readers spot problems stemming from misappropriation of funds, cyber-fraud, workplace accidents and more. Chapters provide plenty of case histories and come from a veteran legal investigator and business consultant whose own in-depth case analyses serve as models of understanding.
I'm better safe than sorry  Feb 1, 2005
This book is an indispensable tool for anybody wanting to enter business AND have a good experience: doing a little prepatory investigating minimizes (if not entirely eliminates) your chance of failure...or worse. I am of course refering to fraud.

In addition to the shinning paragons, you will run across people who seem nice, but something about them just does not seem right upon initial meeting. Dumping rather than attempting to accommodate them will save you time and possibly a lot of heartache and money.

When an acquaintance of mine announced that he was starting up a magazine, I enthusiastically accepted. Because I had only written for the campus media up until that point, reaching national audiences was an intoxicating idea.

This occurred despite another person warning me that this acquaintance had a reputation for being unreliable. Since I have also been judged unfairly by people throughout my life, I decided that I would instead give him the benefit of my doubt.

For the first couple of years, everything was progressing nicely. True, there was no product and the extent of our `company' was email and telephone conversation. But, I decided that since we were undertaking an ambitious project, I needed to cut people some slack and relax.

I became suspicious when the organization's once-constant information stream slowed to a trickle, and then nothing, followed by the publisher leaving. Finally, when my now-former colleague accused me of being unprofessional only for wanting to be able to give people (including family and close friends whom I had previously gushed to about the project) confirmation that I had not made up the company after an unexpected delay, I was side-swiped, but only for a moment.

I thought I would feel remorse and anger from his words, but oddly, I feel relief. If this person was so threatened by my request for public information about our once-joint venture at this point, I shudder to think what would have happened later on (even assuming that things would work according to his timetable and preferences). Attempting reconciliation or sweet-talking was not even worth it.

I am happy that this man never saw a cent of my money, saddened that there are many more like him out in this society. I am also relieved that preparing for the worst is not overreacting, but a sound business strategy which will give me the good life. I have surived a bad business relationship because I listened to my gut feeling.
Excellent and readable!  Jan 10, 2005
This cautionary tale of real life business disasters reads like a novel. The case studies are especially relevant to today's litigous business climate. As a business owner I read this book in one sitting and immediately passed it to my HR Department. I highly recommend this book to other business owners.
Hard-headed habits for commercial success  Jan 2, 2005
This is one of those rare business books that has changed both my thinking and my behavior. It is particularly valuable for the lean organization that takes pride in its ability to make quick decisions. Mr. Eiben cogently supports the maxim that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", particularly in the complex, litigious world we operate in today. Buy it, read it, distribute it to your associates and take its lessons to heart.
Save yourself a lot of trouble later; read this book now  Dec 12, 2004
Having known Chris Eiben well since high school days I can tell you that he is a careful and meticulous researcher. I have consulted with him on how to avoid problems when hiring new staff for my business. The advice he gave then was invaluable, and included things I had not thought about, but on retrospect one had to ask: "how could I have missed somehing to obvious?" This book is full of similar advice and wise council for anyone who wants to go through life in the lifeboat rather than swimming with the sharks!

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