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Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to Play
Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to Play
by Mark Forster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Common sense advice - but very worthwhile, 17 Jan. 2003
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This is the best book on time management that I've read -- and I've read a few! It's well written and short - so it doesn't take long to read. There's not much here that you will not have heard before but he writes it so well - with so much common sense - that it sticks in a way that other books don't. He uses plain English and down-to-earth examples to illustrate his point - without a hint of management-speak.
On the down-side, the writer isn't very typical. He doesn't appear to be under the same pressure as most people -- so you may find his advice a little irrelevant if you have a traditional 9-to-5 working life.
But it's not. In fact, there are lots of little gems of advice that have genuinely helped me organise my affairs - and for which I am grateful. I highly recommend it.


Good To Great
Good To Great
by Jim Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.95

13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 15 Dec. 2002
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This review is from: Good To Great (Hardcover)
After reading the very positive reviews on Amazon, I was disappointed in this book.
The book is definitely worth reading. There's easily enough wisdom within it to justify the price and although most of the advice is simply common sense (most management is), it's good to see it in print. But there is some unusual stuff in the book. I particularly liked the "don't bother motivating people" and "don't manage change" or have strategy "launches". Great stuff!
But the book's a bit of a bore. I struggled to complete it and didn't look forward to each reading session. Disinteresting examples and a boring writing style don't make for an interesting read. And it's full of management-speak and silly metaphors such as the absurdly titled "hedgehog principle".
There are summaries at the end of each chapter and I'd recommend that you read the summary first and then decide what to read in more depth.
Not the worst book on management - but nowhere near the best either.


Teaching & Learning Online: New Pedagogies for New Technologies (Creating Success)
Teaching & Learning Online: New Pedagogies for New Technologies (Creating Success)
by John Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £35.41

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting introduction to e-learning, 2 Dec. 2002
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This book is fine if all you want is a general introduction to the field of e-learning. It's broken down into a number (17) of papers on e-learning - so it's easy reading. Although it could be a lot easier to read if it wasn't littered with clunky English. The problem is that it skirts around the issues. There are no solutions in this book - only questions. I got the distinct feeling that all of the authors were starting out in this new field. But in spite of this, it's OK and certainly touches on all of the issues surrounding online learning. It's just a pity that the authors didn't have more real-life experience to draw on.


The Company Of The Future: Meeting the management challenges of the communications revolution: Shaping Up to the Management Challenges of the Communications Revolution
The Company Of The Future: Meeting the management challenges of the communications revolution: Shaping Up to the Management Challenges of the Communications Revolution
by Frances Cairncross
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book - but no classic, 6 Sept. 2002
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Frances Cairncross's book is very interesting. She's no IT expert but her book is a fascinating look at tomorrow's companies. The book contains lots of sensible advice about how contemporary companies should organise and prepare for the future. But this isn't a book for IT Managers - it's a book for *every* manager since it's not a book about IT - it's about future management techniques.
If I had a criticism of the book it would be that the first half is great but the book sort of runs out of steam and starts to repeat itself a bit. But there's enough good stuff in this book for me to highly recommend it - to everyone.


Netocracy: The New Power Elite and Life after Capitalism
Netocracy: The New Power Elite and Life after Capitalism
by Alexander Bard
Edition: Paperback

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book - but simplistic world view, 26 July 2002
I don't often give a book 5 stars but this book is a classic. It's one of those rare non-fiction (?) books that you can't put down. I genuinely looked forward to my next instalment each time I stopped. It's very ambitious - covering the history of the world, political systems, and philosophy - but this gives it great pace. The authors' psycho-babble is a little irritating and their analysis is simplistic (capitalism is meant to just wither away without a wimper) - but what an analysis! The authors certainly have the courage of their convictions and clearly describe the future as they see it. This book deserves to be read by every serious person.


How People Learn: Expanded Edition: Brain, Mind, Experience and School
How People Learn: Expanded Edition: Brain, Mind, Experience and School
by Committee on Developments in the Science of Learning with additional material from the Committee on Learning Research and Educational Practice
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - but mostly common sense, 15 July 2002
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I really purchased this book from an assessment/curriculum development perspective, and although I read the entire book, most of it was irrelevant to my needs. But it was an enjoyable read - and the book contains some nuggets of information - even if it's a bit padded-out. So it's worth buying but you would probably be better scanning the text and only reading those bits of direct interest to you.
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The Ice Storm [VHS] [1998]
The Ice Storm [VHS] [1998]
VHS
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Price: £8.93

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie, 4 Jun. 2002
I watched The Ice Storm after watching American Beauty since it was recommended to me as a similar film. And it is - in a sense - since it's about family relationships. But it's even better than American Beauty. This movie is simply wonderful from start to finish. The plot is serious but interesting and the acting and music are... well... fantastic. It's one of the best films ever made. I've seen it a dozen times (DVD version) and it's still wonderful. I can't recommend it highly enough.


Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
by Jakob Nielsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - but repetitive, 6 Feb. 2002
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I like Nielsen. He talks common sense. His first book on Web design ('Web Usability') should be the bible of Web designers - but as as this new book shows, the same old mistakes are made time and again. The first 50 pages are great but then he analyses actual Web sites for the rest of the book - and this would be OK if they were different. But they're all pretty much the same so you don't learn much after the first few reviews. Sloppy research. But I still recommend the book. Give it to your IT guys.


Coach Yourself: Make Real Change in Your Life
Coach Yourself: Make Real Change in Your Life
by Anthony Grant
Edition: Paperback

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - doesn't say much, 13 Dec. 2001
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I don't know what I expected from this book since I don't normally go in for "life style" or "life change" books. I don't have any major crises in my life - and this book is really intended for people who want to change their lives. So unless you're pretty unhappy about yourself and/or your life then avoid this title. I'm neither so I found most of the book irrelevant. If you're life simply needs a "tweak" rather than a major overhaul then choose something like "The 80:20 Principle".


Simply Brilliant: The Competitive Advantage of Common Sense
Simply Brilliant: The Competitive Advantage of Common Sense
by Fergus O'Connell
Edition: Paperback

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK - but there are better books on this, 24 Oct. 2001
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Quite interesting. And some stuff worth noting. But mostly... erm... common sense! There are better books on simplicity ("Simplicity") and better books on management ("80:20 Principle"). But not bad, well written - if a little predictable and uninventive.


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