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Purple Your People: The Secrets to Inspired, Happy, More Profitable People
Purple Your People: The Secrets to Inspired, Happy, More Profitable People
by Jane Sunley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic guide for getting the people stuff right, 13 July 2012
This book is a fantastic guide for anyone working in HR. It talks about how to get the best out of your people and how to recruit the best individuals for your company and getting the right people in the right job. A lot of what is in the book is common sense but it is incredible how many companies do not get the basics correct. When reading it I was thinking about companies I had previously worked for and how so few of them made even the slightest effort to make their people feel welcome and happy to work for them.

The book also has lots of case studies showing how and where big companies have got it right along the way. Some people have said that they feel like the book is like an advertisment, however I would disagree to this. I believe it is beneficial to here the success stories. Also if the companies are willing to be included in the book then they obviously believe that the systems in place work and the advice given to them by the author and her company was good enough for them.

I like how the book talks about building your brand which is very important today. The layout of the book is very friendly and as you will see when you buy it VERY purple! You can dip in and out of chapters as they get straight to the point about what they are going to explore in the chapter. It is also a handy book to make notes in around chapters that you feel relevant to your company. If you want to keep a neater copy to lend out it might be good to buy two copies.

Overall I would say this is a very good book and at the price it is listed on Amazon well worth the money.


Sporting Chancer: One Man's Journey to Take On the World (Know the Score)
Sporting Chancer: One Man's Journey to Take On the World (Know the Score)
by Ed Hawkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at betting, 13 July 2012
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I found this to be a really interesting book on sports betting. The author is not only funny in recounting his travel tales but also informative about the specifics of betting. He goes into detail about spread betting in cricket which I also found interesting. Despite being a cricket fan from a young age I was unaware of this type of bet and thought naively that all you could bet on was whether a team won, lost or drew and who would be top run scorer/wicket taker.

I also enjoyed the book as it is about something I knew about namely the disasterous 2006-2007 Ashes series where Australia whitewashed England 5-0. However there are also bits about poker playing in Las Vegas, Cock Fighting in New Orleans and a visit to a Glaswegian Bingo Hall.

Another good thing about the book is that the author despite being a betting man differentiates between the hopeless souls you find in the bookmakers who have to have a bet on anything and everything and those who research the sport, trying to gain whatever edge they can over the bookmaker. He also talks about the perils of gambling and shows that behind every success story there are those people whose lives have been destroyed by it.

A good read for anyone interested in sports betting.


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