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The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age
The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age
Price: £10.19

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2.0 out of 5 stars expected a lot more, 14 July 2014
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A very shallow dip into an interesting and important area. While the ideas could prove to be valid I was left wanting


Business Networking For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance))
Business Networking For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance))
Price: £8.54

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5.0 out of 5 stars After reading this you will no longer be a dummy when it comes to business networking, 9 Jun 2014
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A useful and insightful book from a consummate professional.

Whether you are an experienced networker or a newbie, looking to build your business or looking for a new job, or simply looking to take the step into networking on social media; there is something in this thorough guide to increase your chances of success.


The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work
The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work
Price: £11.39

4.0 out of 5 stars An insightful view of an interesting company from an outsider, 20 Nov 2013
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Berkun weaves an interesting story that sometimes reads as a lengthened Fast Company article, sometimes as a personal diary and sometimes as business strategy book making it very engaging.

When I first picked up the book I expected it to be more of an instruction manual around distributed working than it actually was. Berkun does discuss some of these at a practical level but Berkun is clever in leveraging the opportunity given to very few people. Berkun was given unprecedented access to the company and he didn't squander it.

Some of the greatest insights in the book come not from the innovative, groundbreaking management techniques deployed at Wordpress but rather Berkun's insightful observations of human psychology and the interaction of people in work.

Whether you are interested in 'The Future of Work' or distributed working, if you are interested in taking a personal look under the hood of an interesting company that is changing the status quo then this is a great book.

One other side effect of the book is that it will probably open non-technical (and by this I mean programmers) readers eyes to just how much work goes into making seemingly small changes to such a complicated platform.

If I have one criticism, it is that Berkun doesn't directly tie up the questions that are asked at the start of the book around the impact of leaders in a chaordic creative environment. I would also like to see what the opinion of the leadership team of the experiment and what the lasting changes at the company were, I guess that time will tell.


The Challenger Spirit: Organisations That Disturb the Status Quo
The Challenger Spirit: Organisations That Disturb the Status Quo
by Khurshed Dehnugara
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A book that starts to disrupt the status quo, 10 Sep 2013
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All in all this was an interesting and thought-provoking book that left we with a lot of things to think about. I particularly enjoyed the Buddhist/Mindfulness influence that ran throughout the book, it is a theme that is too often overlooked in the business world

At times I felt the book lacked a coherent flow and it wandered a little aimlessly at times but then I would be hooked back in with a little insightful nugget.

The premise of the book rests on a clear dichotomy between two types of organisations- establishment and challenger. While this can be a useful intellectual device at times it came across as a little over simplified.

It felt at times that the authors could have embraced their own personal anxiety and pushed harder to instil a little more purposeful instability in the book and challenge a few more assumptions.

I would also have liked if the book was a little more Challenging and disruptive. I would have liked a book that disrupted the status quo a little more both in what was said and how it was delivered. It felt as if the authors were a little confined by the idea of what a book should- and should not- be.

The points that resonated really stuck with me and have significantly changed how I think about certain things and made me challenge my own life and business. For that I am eternally grateful.

The book is timely and taps into many of the issues and focus areas for the modern leader in an ever uncertain future. Anyone who is involved in Leadership Development, Change Management or OD would be well placed to read this book.

I was left feeling that this was just the starting point for both reader and authors, it feels that theare is a lot more to be said on this topic.


Habits of the Master Traders: Use Their Mental Models to Become One of Them
Habits of the Master Traders: Use Their Mental Models to Become One of Them
by Krisztian Fekete
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.92

1.0 out of 5 stars If you are thinking of buying this book, don't!, 5 July 2012
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I couldn't bring myself to finish the book, within the first 5 pages there are so many spelling and grammatical mistakes. The blurb in the back of the book (that is also in the description above) has the following sentence: "He is on the IT project team at Lufthansa, a German airline besides hi is a Ph.D study at Rushmore University."


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