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Doctor Who TARDIS Adult Navy Zip-Up Sweatshirt Hoodie (Adult Large)
Doctor Who TARDIS Adult Navy Zip-Up Sweatshirt Hoodie (Adult Large)
Offered by TV Tees
Price: £32.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Not what it seems - not an "adult" top but a womans! - disapointing, 5 Mar. 2015
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This was to be a birthday present, so very disappointed.
This product came shipped with a woman's zip - not a men's or unisex. (i.e. zip wrong way around)

Unlike some of the reviews this IS NOT A FLEECE but a sweatshirt - so quite thin. Hold it up to the light & you can see it is very thin
The zip is on but not chunky enough for a product like this. OK for summer, not so good for winter.

As a licensed product I was very disappointed in the quality for the price, this is only worth $30 or £20 IMHO

OK as a sweatshirt for a woman in the summer, but not worth the cost!

No replies from the seller about the product - so I wont be buying from them again - Disappointing product and seller
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Creative Anarchy: How to Break the Rules of Graphic Design for Creative Success
Creative Anarchy: How to Break the Rules of Graphic Design for Creative Success
by Denise Bosler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Anarchy by name - and by nature - the author walked the walk!, 27 Feb. 2015
This is a book that will get you thinking differentially.
I am no designer, so will leave the technicalities to people better qualified. But I am a buyer of the results of designers, and this has certainly opened my mind to what I will, and wont accept in the future. I am sure I am not the only purchaser of this book that was not the intended audience.

Denise Bosler's approach and overall design of this publication is exquisite. With every page turn there is something both joyful and valuable to explore. Readers will note that you cannot read from cover to cover without turning over the book. This is designed and printed almost like two separate entities which interrelate and support each other beautifully.
The book contains sections covering the basics of typography for example serif and non serif fonts and kerning right the way through to statistics on the effectiveness of different layouts.

The book set up in the following way:
Section 1: Learn The Rules
Rule 1: Message Is The Commander
Rule 2: The Computer is Only a Tool
Rule 3: Remember The Basics
Rule 4: Type is Everything
Rule 5: Color Matters
Rule 6: It's Hip to Be Square
Rule 7: Use A Grid
Rule 8: Make Things The Same Or Different
Rule 9: Leave Your Ego At The Door
Rule 10: Break A Rule or Two

Then turn the book over for the second part (I loved this approach).

Section 2: Break The Rules - Exercise section
Publication Design
Promotions and Invitations

To a non designer the book is both anarchic in design and content. This book has content that should be read by anyone purchasing the services of a designer or by those you to the world of design.

This book was supplied for review purposes. Whilst I would not normally purchase a book of this nature I have found the contents to be of great value in my graphics purchasing decisions

Win Friends and Customers: Relationship and Business Success from Empathic Acknowledging
Win Friends and Customers: Relationship and Business Success from Empathic Acknowledging
by Lawrence J. Bookbinder Ph.D.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.23

5.0 out of 5 stars getting under the surface of the everyday!, 15 Jan. 2015
This is a small pocket size book great to read on the commute or when traveling.

The author takes us on a journey through what appear to be everyday interactions and shows us where we may be missing some fundamental opportunities to talk more effectively. this in turn can lead to better customers and repeat business!

In the opening chapter Bookbinder challenges the reader think about how we listen and talk with others. He challenges us to reflect on whether we have conversations with people. Do we converse to give an explanation or sometimes just to acknowledge that something has been said?

On the surface the approach seems rather simplistic. Understanding the nature of the conversations we have with other people is fundamental in successful communication. Bookbinder gives us clear examples of these different types of conversations and what we can change to become even more effective.

Quotes in the book

Throughout the book are some quotes which help the reader think about their communication style.

This book is in a conversational style with many example situations included to help the reader understand the concepts the author is aiming to express.

Who is the book aimed at?

I would suggest that this book is aimed at professionals seeking to improve their oral communications. To make the most of this book, the reader needs recognise that many communication issues are the result of the other person not being ready to communicate with the sender of the information. We need to learn to listen first in order to talk to someone! Recognising not just what the other party is saying but attempting to understand the purpose of the communication in the first place is also important.

A book for any one thing to reflect and develop their personal communication skills.

Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader
Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader
Price: £9.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual "academic" approach to leadership books - one to use!, 5 Jan. 2015
Abstract of the book

"For leaders living in an imperfect, broken world, work turns out to be a kind of crucible. A place where they experience the heat, pressure, and corrosion of elevated responsibility. For most of us, the crucible of work is unavoidable. So the question becomes, how do we endure the crucible without being hopelessly deformed by it? Or, how can we use the crucible to form us into a more valuable and authentic leader? In Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader, Dr. Shugart shares insights from his 30 years of experience as a leader, including his service as the president of Valencia College--inaugural winner of the Aspen Prize for Excellence. Avoiding the latest leadership gimmicks and fads, Leadership in the Crucible of Work will guide you on an inward journey to discover how to do the interior work that leads to becoming an authentic leader”

Book Structure

The book is broken into the following chapters:
• Formed by work – Forming the work
• Listening – Not Listening
• Getting a grip – Letting Go
• Failure – Forgiveness
• Being Detached – Being Connected
• Despair – hope
• Confronting Evil – Doing Good

Quotes & Thoughts

I was becoming - quoteEach chapter contains a number of relevant quotes and thoughts. These quotes help to guide the reader through the journey that the author is creating for us. Some of these such as “Persistent Myth: If we can just get the right leader, all will be well” are perhaps obvious, others cause the reader to think a little deeper. I will not repeat them here and I don’t wish to spoil the journey for you when you read this. Throughout the publication are poems which help to build our reflections and understanding, an unusual, but welcome addition to a leadership book.

Not all Theories and Fads

One of the refreshing points on the book by Schugart, is that unlike many other so called academics, this is not a piece about the latest fad or theory. It is not a “How to” book like a badly designed “painting by numbers” leadership guide.
But a considered reflection on what happened, and the learnings of an experienced leader. Of course all id not perfect in the world of this author, but what comes through in the writing is a level of authenticity and honesty not often seen in books by other writers.

CPD or Learning Journals

The world of Human resources often encourages us as professionals to maintain a learning log or journal to allow reflective thinking and learning. This appears to be an excellent example of where the author has done just that. Taken notes of when things went well, and did not go so well. Reflected on the actions, behaviours and outcomes, and has shared them with us.


I would highly recommend this book to anyone on their own leadership journey, there are some valuable lessons for those that are brave enough to realise their own leadership style is not perfect!

Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership: From Manager to Leader in Your Own Life
Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership: From Manager to Leader in Your Own Life
Price: £4.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what you might expect - start from the inside, 31 July 2014
The book starts out exploring the changing culture in which we operate, and people reactions to the 1980s approaches to capitalism. Looking through people’s needs to collaborate and achieve more for the greater good of society. This all sounds warm and fluffy, but with examples like the “games makers” at the 2012 Olympics in London, our changing attitudes to volunteering and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) changes many businesses are making, just go to show that there is a desire for change, and that change starts with individuals…. Leaders in their own field.

Alexander takes us through the way we have been brought up to manage our lives, and the focus on managing rather than taking control and leading. For those that can see through the fog of conformance, this is eye opening for many.

The journey of the manager is from control through to self awareness, and it is this that Alexander calls “spiritual Intelligence” (to be fair to the author, a rather simplistic summary!)

In keeping with the title of the book, the author uses examples from a range of religious examples to highlighter her thinking, these include Gandhi, Taoist, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity as well as Islam and several other references. Spiritual in the widest of senses. The book also documents Alexanders’ life journey through discovery of applying the tools and techniques on her journey as an example to the reader.

For those seeking to discover their own journey of self leadership first, this book is a good starting place, expect the journey not to be smooth, for there are struggles from one phase of awareness to another.

Business Techniques for Growth: More Tools for Small Business Success
Business Techniques for Growth: More Tools for Small Business Success
by Thomas H. Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Clear advise for any small business owner, 8 Jun. 2014
Written by Thomas H Gray, this book aims to give tools and techniques for smaller business owners.

Book Structure:

Motivation - self and others
Compensation - for the owner and their team, Incentive plans and non financial rewards
Improving Employee performance - a series of tools and techniques to improve the productivity and engagement of your team members
Growing Revenue - Understanding where profit comes from, how to magnify key factors and techniques for revenue growth - both short term and long term fast and slow growth approaches
Attracting new customers and developing the business of existing customers
Dealing with changes, i.e. new growth strategies, opportunities and entering new markets, launching new products
Growing through operations - tools and techniques fort working smarter not harder.
Negotiating with suppliers and customers
Decision making techniques - suitable for operations, customer and people based situations
Selling the business - often people start businesses to realise the value you create, this section looks at the elements needed. If you are aware of this early on it can impact how you develop and grow your business.
Due diligence - understanding the process and risks

Whilst much of this book starts out with the goal of running the business to sell it, not all business owners will have this goal, however many of the tools and techniques are appropriate for business owners of all kinds

Style of the book
Throughout the book, not only are techniques outlines, but the reasons WHY to use such approaches are also included. This is a fresh approach, which many writers fail to address.

Format of the Book
The book is written and laid out in a clean style, that is easy to read and digest. Lots of meaningful subheadings that make the book easy to dip in and out of.

More than a one trick pony
Many tools and techniques books follow a pattern, that pattern usually has a formula in which the author attempts to squeeze all content into one format. Gray does not fall into this trap, and each topic is addressed individually providing tables, lists and examples as appropriate to the topic and need.

About the Author
Thomas H Gray is a certified turnaround professional, and the focus and depth of this book clearly reflects this.

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1.0 out of 5 stars unable to download, 2 Jun. 2014
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I have tried to download several books & get the same error.
Unusable.. uninstalling.. dont waste your time.
it would have helped if a reason was given for the fail

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars great in theory but...., 1 Jun. 2013
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I have bought 3 of these having been sent on a long term overseas contract for work.

All three fail with the valve leaking instantly. I have tried all sorts of things to correct, so I can only assume this is a poor design or a poor back -

they went in the bin!

if buying a product like this - do not buy cheap!

Business Techniques in Troubled Times: A Toolbox for Small Business Success
Business Techniques in Troubled Times: A Toolbox for Small Business Success
by Thomas H. Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.81

5.0 out of 5 stars "How do I know I need help?" and "What advice can I trust?", 25 May 2013
Business Techniques in Troubled Times by Thomas H. Gray
This book starts out with the premise that it is the availability of business advice not been the problem. The author pursues a real issues are around "how do I know I need help?" And "what advice can I trust?"

In his book Gray aims to provide solutions to both of these issues, helping the reader know when they do need help in the business and identifying the advice they can trust.

The book starts out in the traditional approach looking at business vision and business plan and target market along with competitor analysis and then starts looking into the broader issues of writing the business making sure the market knows that you're there and with these you can do and then he turns that once we know the remit marketplace and the people know what the daily into looking at what the business actually does on a day-to-day basis and how it can make that much more fluid. What's a business is running its own about growing the business maximising what is wanted to achieve for us and looking at what the exit options for business owners might be.

Flicking through the book
When I get a move of the first ignited his flick from cover to cover a look

I look at the design how the graphics are laid out, any whitespace, and the use of tables throughout. What immediately struck me about this book that is different from any others that I read recently is the way that the very back of the book is an index of topics and techniques.

Running over six pages and in four columns, is presented one of the neatest and practical book indexes I've seen for a very long time.

It is laid out in the following four columns

Content and
Where in the articles column, we are directed where to find the topic and technique in the book.

It's about more than the product
Traditionally many small business owners are experts in the production side of the businesses, they however are not experts in managing the business. Looking at the financial and operational results often reveals what works and what is not, and yet many small business owners tend to shy away from analysing the numbers.

The tools and techniques in this book "business techniques in troubled times" are perfectly designed to help those business owners who are focused on production to look at other aspects of their operations.

The business and the whole business
Unlike many business books that tend to focus on finance marketing operations, this book takes a measured approach at looking at the business as a whole rather than as a series of departments and functions. This is an approach that many small business owners have taken for many years and I hope that those readers that are involved in larger organisations also take some of these concepts into account.

While detail on some of the tools and techniques is a little on the light side, the book does put the tools and techniques into context for the business manager. It provides a starting point and a friend reference for anyone who is reviewing a business in troubled times.

This book is clearly aimed at the owners of small businesses, and for them this book is a great starting point. I would also suggest that this book is appropriate for anyone involved in marketing or human resources as within its 310 pages from cover to cover it provides a great strategic perspective on what it is functional specialists are supposed to be contributing towards

The Fearless Front Line: The Key to Liberating Leaders to Improve & Grow Their Business
The Fearless Front Line: The Key to Liberating Leaders to Improve & Grow Their Business
by Ray Attiyah
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars spend more time ON the business and less time IN the business., 25 May 2013
As a leaders and manager, do you feel that much of your time is consumed by urgent, but unimportant tasks?

Why is it that as managers and leaders we are expected to spend so much of our time working in the business, rather than on the business?

In his book, Ray Attiyah says that leaders must learn to spend more time ON the business and less time IN the business.

The fearless frontline is in the approach to looking at the empowerment your frontline staff. Recognising that for many organisations complexity is business as usual rather than something that happened in these parts of an organisation. Business is complex. Having said this we often make running a business more complex and it needs to be, with too many people involved in too many processes. It only takes one or two moving parts falling out synchronisation to core systems and processes to become unreliable. The author suggests that our goal is to return business to it's simply states removing negative complexity.

Run-Improve - Grow
This book is based upon the model run, improve, grow. Represented as a triangle with "run" at the base and grow at the pinnacle, the author suggests that the run face all the day-to-day activity necessary to produce your products or services is the foundation. When the "run", function reliably and independently of management involvement, it's strange resources by pulling managers away from their most value added functions. This is where most organisations fail.

Without the appropriate people resources often businesses try to simultaneously balancing increased complexity of new initiatives products and high customer expectations with the general "run" of the business. For those organisations operating with the minimum amount of people than their ability to maintain "business as usual" and develop new products and services is greatly limited. While this might be stating the obvious is of course a common mistake across many sectors and organisations. Having a robust and consistent "run" is key to organisational sustainability. When most middle and senior managers or leaders spend the majority of their time on the "run" operations of their business clearly there is little time or space for improvement in future products or services.

Take aways
At the end of each chapter the author provides us with a range of "takeaway" statements in bullet point form. These statements neatly summarise the chapter and provide a great checklist for the reader.

The fearless theme
When the leaders and managers in a business have clearly identified what "business as usual" means to frontline staff enables managers and leaders to take their hands off the reins and let frontline staff deliver what they and our customers want them to deliver. We need to trust, be fearless.

Work on the business not in the business
For decades many business coaches and business advisers have seen managers and owners of businesses focus on working in the business, that is working in the "run" stages of the organisation. This book clearly demonstrates to managers and business owners the need to work on the business, to "grow" the business through brave and courageous "improvement".

Focusing time effort and energy on the "grow" part or what some of us may know as innovation is the key message that the author is sharing with us.

The simple practical and yet robust process proposed can be easily understood by the reader along with simple practical ideas for leaders and managers to run - improve and grow their business

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