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Gandhi, CEO
Gandhi, CEO
by Alan Axelrod
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars contrived lessons from Ghandi's life and movement, 25 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Gandhi, CEO (Paperback)
Having read and largely enjoyed Napoleon CEO by the same author, I was looking forward to reading this analysis of the leadership style and lessons of Mohanas Gandhi, who of course used passive resistance to challenge the British empire's rule in India.

Unfortunately most of the lessons contained here are rather contrived. Few leaders adopt passive resistance as a method of corporate leadership, for the simple reason that Gandhi's style, although admirable in many ways, is a poor fit for business. Gandhi's desire to avoid conflict is interpreted here to suggest amongst other things that if an employee refuses to carry out an aspect of their job the duty should be given to someone else...but no sanctions should be taken against the individual who refused. Hmm... Leaders should not use emotion to motivate, we are told. But then Gandhi wanted to abolish technology, which he said was evil.


So, Anyway...: The Autobiography
So, Anyway...: The Autobiography
by John Cleese
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars John Cleese - my early life, 25 Jan. 2015
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This is an amusing account of the early life of John Cleese. Although Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, a Fish Called Wanda, and the Life of Brian get the odd mention, these are not the subject of the book. Instead this is an account of Jon Cleese's childhood, education, time as a school teacher, and early breaks into writing and performing.

It is all told with charm, some self deprecation, and some insights into Cleese's thinking and values - but it is not a full autobiography. It is interesting, easy reading and I will look forward to what seems set up nicely for volume 2 in due course


Mooncandles  -  3 Vanilla Scented Wax Flameless Candles with Timer and Remote Control
Mooncandles - 3 Vanilla Scented Wax Flameless Candles with Timer and Remote Control
Offered by Innovationstore
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars look, smell, and feel like real candles, 14 Jan. 2015
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I bought a set of these for my daughter and was so pleased with them that i bought another set for my own home. They feel like candles, look like candles, and have a pleasant fragrance. They are easily controlled through the remote, and can be set for various times before they switch themselves off.

Really great value too


Pure Cashmere Scarf
Pure Cashmere Scarf
Offered by Laniger
Price: £139.00

5.0 out of 5 stars looks and feels luxurious, 14 Jan. 2015
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This is lovely warm scarf which is just so soft to the touch. Quite long, it can be used in a variety of ways to keep warm, and looks and feels luxurious


The Lowland
The Lowland
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

4.0 out of 5 stars the choices in life, 14 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: The Lowland (Hardcover)
Set in India and the United States this is an interesting novel and reflection on life. It is the tale of two brothers who lives take very different paths following a very close childhood. There is a melancholy throughout the tale which has much to do with the choices we make in life - sometimes from seizing the moment, sometimes from failing to do so.

It is a very readable story, beautifully written, though rather sad


Breathe Right Nasal Strips Large Size 30 Strips
Breathe Right Nasal Strips Large Size 30 Strips
Offered by Activecare Online
Price: £13.29

5.0 out of 5 stars really seem to work, 14 Jan. 2015
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These really seem to work - they do help with breathing and have helped me to get a good nights sleep. They feel a little strange until you get used to them - a bit like wearing glasses - but you soon don't notice, and they help to avoid snoring


12 Garden Live
12 Garden Live
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £17.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Live Joel Magic, 14 Jan. 2015
This review is from: 12 Garden Live (Audio CD)
This is so good - the live sound and Billy Joel's mature voice add something wonderful to these songs. The brass section which comes to life during many of these songs is wonderful. Pretty much all the best songs are here, with highlights for me being New York State of Mind, Zanzibar, Piano Man ( of course) and a beautiful rendition of And so it Goes. Its all great though - 2 CDs worth of live magic


Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
by John P. Kotter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.79

5.0 out of 5 stars who moved my iceberg?, 30 Dec. 2014
A little like 'Who Moved my Cheese, but this time with penguins instead of mice.

This is an easily read fable about a colony of penguins who come to the realisation that their iceberg is at risk of disintegration. The various penguins featured here represent roles played by people during times of change - Nono, the change resister, Alice the action orientated and sometimes impatient manager, the professor who analyses and theorises, and so on.

The eight steps to leading change, covered in Kotter's book 'Leading Change' are covered in this enjoyable and thought provoking short book of under 150 pages. The illustrations made me smile and I can see how this book could be used as an effective training tool.

Well worth reading - especially if you are already familiar with Kotter's eight steps


Caesar: The Life of a Colossus
Caesar: The Life of a Colossus
by Adrian Keith Goldsworthy
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars the life and times of Julius Ceasar, 28 Dec. 2014
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This is a well written, superbly researched, and for the most part very entertaining account of the life and times of Julius Caesar. The writing conveys some sense of what life must have been like as a Roman with ambition over 2000 years ago, and explains why Caesar's life and death continue to capture the imagination to this day.

Adrian Goldsworthy has presented here a broadly positive case for Caesar and his accomplishments as a military leader and as a successful politician of his times. It is said that all political careers end in failure, and to be murdered by one's own side can hardly, ultimately, be seen as anything else...but the legend lives on and this book goes a long way to explaining why.

Well worth reading


Morphy Richards Accents 43772 Pyramid Kettle - Red
Morphy Richards Accents 43772 Pyramid Kettle - Red
Offered by BPSALESDIRECT
Price: £40.95

5.0 out of 5 stars looks great and works brilliantly, 23 Dec. 2014
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Very pleased with this kettle - it works quickly, looks great in deep red and stainless steel, and is very intuitive to use. Boils quickly too - very happy


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