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Influencing Virtual Teams: 17 Tactics That Get Things Done with Your Remote Employees
Influencing Virtual Teams: 17 Tactics That Get Things Done with Your Remote Employees
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and short, 6 Jan. 2015
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Useful and short


The Challenge for Africa
The Challenge for Africa
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good on the problem, not sure about the proposed solutions, 16 Oct. 2013
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Wangari has the problems in Africa nailed, but her ideas on the solutions focus on the institution that are manifestly weak. Surely there needs to be more attention given to removing criminals from Leadership positions rather than hoping for the best.


Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

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2.0 out of 5 stars He has a point but he does go on, 18 Aug. 2013
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Owen Jones repeats himself quite a bit in this book. He has a point, but it is not argued well. For example, he does not deal with the central point that the middle classes may be right in their characterisation of the rump of ex-working classes having become feckless, irresponsible, apathetic, and habitually drunk/stoned. If there is truth in this his widely held view, his proposals to address the problem will not work.

Owen believes that non skilled and semi skills jobs could be created by Government policy in large volumes in exactly the right places for English white unemployed to get working again in high status jobs (he considers factory and mining jobs higher status than call centre and retail jobs). I doubt this is true, and Owen Jones is entirely unconvincing on why and how this would work.
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Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy Book 1)
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Historical Novel, 6 Nov. 2012
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This is the best historical novel I have ever read... and I have read a few. Looking forward to reading the sequel.


Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Practical on Networking, 7 Jun. 2012
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Excellent book on networking, full of practical advice, starting with title. He is right. Why waste meal times alone. There is always advantage in using this time wisely. I also like the tone of much of the book eg "the Key is success is generosity".

I am not sure it makes sense to dedicate one's whole whole life to working a network. However, I can see that if someone followed Keith Ferrazzi's full approach it would pay off.

Would not bother with Section 4. Contains good points, but too slow.


One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich (Everyman's Library Classics)
One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich (Everyman's Library Classics)
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars You should read this book... to the end, 10 Mar. 2012
Everyone should read this book every 5 years. I just did, and it reminded me how absurd it would be for me to complain about anything. The last page is the most poignant... how on earth could Shukhov say "Shukhow felt pleased with life as he went to sleep. A lot of good things had happened that day...". The Russians have something important to teach us. We should grow up.


The Big Switch: Rewiring the World from "Edison" to "Google"
The Big Switch: Rewiring the World from "Edison" to "Google"
by Nicholas Carr
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and worth a read, 3 Mar. 2012
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Interesting book that demonstrates conclusively that business and personal systems must continue to move into cloud.

Richard Carr's observations about the step change increase in potential that the internet provides for the companies and governments to control people is an important challenge to the widely held view that the internet is liberating customers and citizens.

The chapter on iGod is also a thought provoking.... are we becoming a pancake people?


Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters
Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters
by Richard Rumelt
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Strategy I have read, 29 Feb. 2012
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Best book on strategy I have read. Packed with insights, practical approaches and interesting cases. Most business books explain one idea, this one gives a complete approach. First rate.


Running IT like a Business
Running IT like a Business
by Robert E. Kress
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and successful IT transformation described well, 21 Jan. 2012
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An excellence case study of a successful IT transformation. The learnings described have authentic feel because they are backed up with figures.

I wish more CIOs would describe their experiences in this way, so we can learn from them. Don't bother with chapter 6.


The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism
The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism
by Richard Sennett
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful but bleak, 10 Jan. 2012
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This book provides genuine insight, so it is definitely worth reading.

However, Richard Sennett is unnecessarily bleak about the impact of New Capitalism on working people. He glosses over the fact that for most people in the West, and large chunks of Asia and Latin America, New Capitalism has created a substantial increase in the standard of living and interest in people's lives.


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