It would be easy to dismiss Chris Croft’s Management Vegetables as a silly little e-book that explains introductory business and project management concepts to children with the help of funny pictures. While technically a valid review, that perspective ignores the utility of the project. Yes, it’s certainly silly … by design, surely, since it makes dreary and dry business jargon a bit easier to ingest. No, I’d never use this as a textbook for Serious Senior Students sitting an MBA programme. But, then, it wasn’t written for Serious Senior Students, was it?
No, this cheerful little e-book has a use-case. At least, I see one: teaching a few business fundamentals to kids. Disclaimer up front: I volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. I used to be a leader at the Cub Scout level (the younger Scouts) and then a committee volunteer at the Boy Scout level (the older Scouts). These days, I ensure that our local Eagle Scout rank boards are conducted properly. Something I’ve noticed – both as a leader and as a merit badge counsellor – is that kids in my area don’t ever learn anything about business from schools, churches, their parents, or their peers. It’s a topic that never seems to come up. Because of that, I’ve found that dry-and-complex topics like “budgeting” and “resource management” are much easier to learn (and to remember!) when you cut the content in half and mix in some silliness. My personal favourite recurring character is the “Llama-Copter Factory” where all dutiful Scouts will apply for work after graduation. The boys crack up every time a llama comes up in examples, and they remember those examples (and the associated lessons) long after the training sessions are over.
That’s what I thought of when I read this e-book on a lark. Something about its ridiculous premise appealed to me. As I devoured it – which only took ten minutes – I kept stopping and taking notes about how I could leverage Mr. Croft’s characters like “The Situational Seagull” or “The Chocolate of Contingency” to explain core business concepts to younger Scouts who might not give a fig about “business stuff” (all puns are intentional and I do not apologize).
So, if you’re looking for a basket full of whimsical analogies that you can use to help someone memorize a dreary office concept, this is a fine place to start. If you’re looking for an exhaustive textbook on corporate governance and organisational dynamics, perhaps a book titled “Management Vegetables” might not be the right selection for you.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2798 KB
- Print Length: 101 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Chris Croft Training Limited; 1 edition (6 Sept. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075FWVKMN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #420,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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