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Managing the Professional Service Firm
Managing the Professional Service Firm
by David H. Maister
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic on professional firms, 3 Nov 2011
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Great book. A classic on professional firms.

It is all rather calculating perhaps. And maybe it is less strong on creating the soul (or identity or whatever you want to call it) of a good consulting business or other professional firm. But it is good nonetheless. And I think the advice and suggestions are very sound - from structure to marketing.


The One-Moment Master: Stillness for People on the Go
The One-Moment Master: Stillness for People on the Go
by Martin Boroson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous, 3 Nov 2011
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How to meditate in just a minute! Great.

It's a great little read - he writes well. Really clarified for me a few things about meditation.

And the one minute practice is a great idea. Although I wasn't able to make it fully part of my daily practice I did learn something really useful from this book - and do sometimes still follow the approach - when I have a minute :)


The Art of Systems Thinking: Essential Skills for Creativity and Problem Solving
The Art of Systems Thinking: Essential Skills for Creativity and Problem Solving
by Joseph O'Connor
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward introduction, 3 Nov 2011
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Straightforward introduction to systems thinking.

My only problem with this book is that it introduces the ideas but I think misses some of the spirit of systems thinking. System thinking in my mind is about whole systems - and this didn't come across to me clearly in the book.

Maybe I am being unfair, I read it quite a few years ago.


The Beermat Entrepreneur: Turn Your Good Idea into a Great Business
The Beermat Entrepreneur: Turn Your Good Idea into a Great Business
by Mike Southon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really accessible, 3 Nov 2011
Straightforward and sensible advice for would-be entrepreneurs.

The main thing is the ideas are really accessible - only what can be written on a beermat.

And yet some of the ideas - like the cornerstones model - have stuck in my mind for many years.

Good stuff.


Your Competent Child: Toward a New Paradigm in Parenting and Education
Your Competent Child: Toward a New Paradigm in Parenting and Education
by Jesper Juul
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.76

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 3 Nov 2011
Brilliant book on our relationships with children. I have the earlier edition.

It is such a good book - and really about a lot more than children. It is also relevant to all of our relationships including our work and business relationships.

So glad a new edition has appeared.


The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work
The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work
by John Gottman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.09

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold dust, 3 Nov 2011
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Absolutely marvellous. A great book. To be read over and over!

I really mean that - its very densely packed with great ideas and it takes a while to absorb the lessons, let alone put them into practice.

But real research-based suggestions on this topic are like gold dust,


Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life
Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life
by Marshall B. Rosenberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it, 25 Oct 2011
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Lovely book on communication by the amazing Marshall Rosenberg.

A great mix of simple stories and anecdotes, and a bit of theory.

I really enjoyed this book and learn a lot.


Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results
Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results
by Stephen C. Lundin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.95

4.0 out of 5 stars On attitudes, 25 Oct 2011
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A funny little book on attitude.

It's a lovely story of a fish market, used as a way of getting some simple points about attitude across to a perhaps sceptical audience.


Malcolm McDonald on Marketing Planning: Understanding Marketing Plans and Strategy
Malcolm McDonald on Marketing Planning: Understanding Marketing Plans and Strategy
by Malcolm McDonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent basic introduction, 25 Oct 2011
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Good basic introduction to marketing.

Covers all the elements, in a systematic and very clear way. This helps to get your head around marketing in all its complexity.


The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
by Rosamund Zander
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb., 25 Oct 2011
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Superb. Wonderful book on the practices of living a life of possibility.

Full of stories of lives lived in an iconoclastic way, of applying radical ideas in practical experiments.


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