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Management in 10 Words
Management in 10 Words
by Terry Leahy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THEN EXPECTED., 24 May 2013
This review is from: Management in 10 Words (Paperback)
This books is better then it seems to be. It's not an exercise of self-glorification, although the author failed to admit that the American investment was a failure.
In spite of having an MBA and read tons of business books, I have found more then a few things to learn:
1) Truth: we are here to serve the people, not to sell products. To create value, not to deliver profit. If you create an emotional bond, they will return to you.
2) Loyalty. Winning and retaining loyalty is the best objective any business can have. Before taking a decision, ask: "Will it make people more loyal, or less?".
3) Courage. Good strategies need to be bold and daring. Goals have to cause excitement and a little fear. Only if you think big, and plan bigger, you have a plan to see real change.
4) Values. Strong values underpin successful businesses. Employees and customers are motivated by emotions, as well as reason. Creating values is easy, the hard part is living them.
5) Act. Plans mean nothing, if they are not enacted effectively.
The critical aim is to win customers, not create a perfect process. Better start with a simple process, then perfect it. The successful organizations learn from their mistakes.
6) Balance. A balanced organization is one in which everyone moves forward together. Being first get you noticed, but the long term matters most. It takes 10 years to start in a new country, and another 10 to become leader.
7) Simple. Simplicity is the knife that cuts through the spaghetti of life's problems.
8) Lean. By thinking lean, we can go green, and do more, for less.
9) Compete. The strongest competitors are the best management consultants there are. Look at their operations, to find out what they think, and do.
10) Trust. When people trust you, they feel that their interests are safe in your hands.

Innovation: The Attacker's Advantage
Innovation: The Attacker's Advantage
by Richard N. Foster
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE STRENGHT OF INNOVATION, 22 April 2013
This books helped me understand the economic impact of technological innovation on businesses.
Companies that were leaders, saw their leadership disappear, because of technological change.
Most managers believe that the future shall be like today, but it slowly changes, until they lose their leadership. They focus on making their operations more cost effective, don't worry about technological change. Successful companies do the opposite.
Businessmen go down with their business, because they like too much the old ways. When change arrives, customers prefer the new and improved.
Changing technology means changing culture and skills, and that is hard. The defenders make several mistakes, when they see change coming. As a result, they lose their leadership.
The attacker has an advantage, because of its superior productivity, that allow inferior costs of production, therefore lower prices long term.
Several companies manage the technological changes, by attacking themselves, forming joint-ventures, acquiring another company.
Although the book is quite old, it's very interesting and I recommend it.

Monopoly Rules: How to Find Capture and Control the World's Most Lucrative Markets in Any Business
Monopoly Rules: How to Find Capture and Control the World's Most Lucrative Markets in Any Business
by Milind M. Lele
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Blue Ocean Strategy, 15 April 2013
I have just finished to read "Monopoly Rules", by Milind Lele.
I have found this work interesting, original and clear.
There are many examples to explain its original point of view:
monopolies are more frequent in business, then businessmen
admit, and they must be the main objective of a successfull business strategy.
It remainds me of "Blue ocean Strategy".
I just wish the author had written much more on the subject.

The Art of Leadership (Military)
The Art of Leadership (Military)
by Field Marshal The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.15

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars in leadership, 8 April 2013
I have read with interest this book, hoping to discover new insights on leadership, or maybe the secret of Montgomery's success.
I didn't find any secret, but I have appreciated his style, frank and direct.
Unfortunately, the book is quite old, all leaders mentioned have passed away, therefore some chapters are not as interesting as they could be when the book was written.
Recommended to the admirers of Montgomery.

End This Depression Now!
End This Depression Now!
by Paul Krugman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS PAMPHLET NOW !, 18 Mar 2013
I give this book 4 stars for the following reasons:
I have found the part of the book dealing with the history of this economic crisis too long, and sometimes boring, compared to the second part, dealing with the effects and the policies used to remedy its effects.

I have also found the chapter dealing with the European crisis too short, and that lead to mistakes.
In fact, professor Krugman wrote (on page 174) that: "With the coming of the Euro, those premiums collapsed: Spanish debt, Italian debt, and even Greek debt were treated as being almost as German debt.
This amounted to a big cut in the cost of borrowed money in southern Europe; it led to huge housing booms that quickly turned into huge housing bubble".
It's true that the coming of the Euro caused a collapse of the premiums on southern Europe debt, and that a housing bubble happened in Spain, but certainly not in Italy, while it's true also of Ireland and U.K., not mentioned (UK was not part of the Euro, anyway).
On page 200, talking about the British experiment, professor Krugman writes that "Cameron announced a program of dramatic spending cuts".
In reality, the cuts were far from dramatic, having "ring fenced" expenditures in NHS and elderly care. As a result, after 3 years of cuts, Cameron's government has reduced the deficit of around 25%, therefore UK today has probably the largest deficit in the European Union.
Nonetheless, I have found the following chapter on "Austerians" very interesting and valid, and I would recommend it to anyone living in Europe now.
Overall, I recommend this book.

Breakout Strategy: Meeting the Challenge of Double-Digit Growth
Breakout Strategy: Meeting the Challenge of Double-Digit Growth
by Sydney Finkelstein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.86

5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LIKED BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY, YOU''LL LOVE THIS, 7 Mar 2013
I found this book very interesting, because it analyses, step by step, what is a Breakout Strategy, its main components, and the reasons of the successful Breakout Strategies ( and the reasons for the failures). In every paragraph there are several examples from well known companies.
I consider this book probably even better then "Blue Ocean Strategy", that deals with a similar subject.
Blue Ocean is perhaps more clear as text, but also more limited in scope.
Instead Breakout Strategy,has a wider scope,but its writing is sometimes quite heavy, and this may put off some readers.
In conclusion, if you are interested in the subject, you'll find it a worthy investment.

500mm x 50M Small Bubble Wrap
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Price: 5.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite disappointed, 30 Jan 2013
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This review is from: 500mm x 50M Small Bubble Wrap
The bubble material is very thin, more then other I've used, and I lost time, to pick it up at the Post Office, since they don't deliver at home. Quite disappointed.

What I Learned From Sam Walton: How to Compete and Thrive in a Wal-Mart World
What I Learned From Sam Walton: How to Compete and Thrive in a Wal-Mart World
by Michael Bergdahl
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.16

4.0 out of 5 stars iNTERESTING BOOK, MISLEADING SUBTITLE, 28 Oct 2012
I have found this book interesting and managed to arrive to the end, although I have skipped a few "filler" pages.
I think that the subtitle of the book (How to compete and thrive in a Wal-Mart world) is misleading, because it's not enough to know how Wal-Mart works, in order to compete with it: you have to know your market and your customers well and devise a strategy of differentiation. Otherwise, you'll become obsessed with beating Wal-Mart.
I suggest to read Blue Ocean Strategy, to devise an alternative strategy to that of Wal-Mart.

The Second Bounce Of The Ball: Turning Risk Into Opportunity
The Second Bounce Of The Ball: Turning Risk Into Opportunity
by Sir Ronald Cohen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP., 26 Sep 2012
This is probably the most complete book on entrepreneurship I've read in the last 30 years, and I've read hundreds.
Too bad that the cover is not very attractive, so I kept it on the shelf for years, without reading it.
The great advantage of the author, Ronald Cohen, is that he was trained to be critical toward other entrepreneurs, since he invested in them.
I've found several gems in this book. Here are only a few:
The higher you aim, the higher you go.
Where there is uncertainty, there is a chance of great success.
Timing is everything, focus on trends and cycles.
To build a great business, build a great team.
The decision to invest in you is based largely on your credibility, based on your track record, that of your business plan, and the market conditions.
Perseverance is the key to luck.
To attract the best talent, have high principles.
Prepare your exit at the time of your entrance.
Good entrepreneurs are self-critical, great entrepreneurs know that things can be better.
Highly recommended book.

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon's Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness
The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon's Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness
by Steven K. Scott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.57

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom is the basis of success, 22 Jun 2012
Reading this book has helped me solve business problems.
I found several suggestions worth following:
- Find many counsellors;
- Don't be naive, check everything;
- Greed causes poverty.
- Pride is the enemy of happiness and success.
- understanding and wisdom are the basis of success.
I recommend this book.

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