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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
First: a quick recommendation - David Bolchover also wrote "the living dead" about disengaged workers, do buy this book too, the book and the author are refreshingly honest about corporate life.

The 90 minute manager is a great book - again Bolchover always gives an honest perspective - even when it is not very politically correct!! (it is particularly...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sick as a Parrot
A light run-through of football anecdotes and words of wisdom. Will strike very few chords with non-footballing folk. Not well structured and a little repetitive, it fails to present the reader with compelling insights into management techniques. Worth a read, but a lost opportunity.
Published on 26 Feb. 2012 by Rupert Lance


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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, 23 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The 90-Minute Manager: Lessons from the Sharp End of Management (Paperback)
First: a quick recommendation - David Bolchover also wrote "the living dead" about disengaged workers, do buy this book too, the book and the author are refreshingly honest about corporate life.

The 90 minute manager is a great book - again Bolchover always gives an honest perspective - even when it is not very politically correct!! (it is particularly interesting that it is well over 40 years since a manager from Southern England last won the League in England - I can only speculate that this is due to a lack of focus and drive (!))

The link to Football is well thought out and not gimmicky - although it does make the book fun - and football shows some of the brutal truths of being successful, particularly in when and how to dispose of players when they are passed their sell by date (how many HR directors would have heart attacks reading that section!?)

Bolchover's lessons are very clear: be realistic about what success means to you (success for Charlton Athletic is very different from success for Chelsea), recruit according to your needs and your culture, invest properly in youth development (Newcastle: please take note!!!!), get the balance right in the management team and succession planning (see the section on Shankley and Paisley particularly) and in dealing with people always put the needs of the team first (See Alex Ferguson!)

There is far more to this book than what I have written above - check the book out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How football apply to business world?, 4 May 2010
This review is from: The 90-Minute Manager: Lessons from the Sharp End of Management (Paperback)
Football managers lead teams under very stressfull conditions, where every action can be criticized.. But dont we all? This is how football rules apply to real world.. If this is a game, it's a man management game and we have lots to learn from the 'special ones'.. I loved the book.. Much more interesting than the usual "how to be successfull in business" books..
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sick as a Parrot, 26 Feb. 2012
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A light run-through of football anecdotes and words of wisdom. Will strike very few chords with non-footballing folk. Not well structured and a little repetitive, it fails to present the reader with compelling insights into management techniques. Worth a read, but a lost opportunity.
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So poor book, I have given it to a charity a few days I received it.
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