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Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader
Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader
by James M. Kouzes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Leadership Manual, 21 Aug. 2016
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Like many people in the modern workplace, I’ve been challenged with demonstrating leadership in the office. My response has always been that it is another skill to learn and this is the approach that I’ve found in this book. It describes leadership not as an innate talent that is born in individuals but as something that can be built, grown and then developed - through five fundamental principles. There are elements of power by positive thinking here – clarity of mind, self-belief, personal drive and focus etc. All of which may not be new concepts, but they are covered in an accessible manner and having it all addressed in a single, concise volume to cover them off in is particularly convenient. Anyone who is in a new leadership role or perhaps is in a role within a changing organisation would find this book valuable.


HoMedics Therap Body Massager with Perfect Reach Handle
HoMedics Therap Body Massager with Perfect Reach Handle
Price: £17.86

3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight Massager, 15 Aug. 2016
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I have used similar hand held muscle massagers in the a past for two main reasons 1) aches from having a desk job and going through periods of inactivity or long train journeys and 2) hiking, which puts a bit of a strain on this old frame of mine. This is an inexpensive hand held massager and though it works well enough, if you’re looking for something to really get to grips with deep tissue aches then you might want to look for something with a higher spec. This is battery powered, which is a bonus in terms of convince but of course it is noticeable that the motor is weaker than a mains powered alternative would be. It has very simple setting and isn’t burdened by multiple complex configurations, it is also fairly lightweight and can easily be self-administered. If you just have the occasional ache then this is fine to have in a drawer ready for sporadic use, but if you have nagging nuisance muscle pains then this might not do the trick.


HoMedics Handheld Shiatsu Massager
HoMedics Handheld Shiatsu Massager
Price: £30.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Hand Held Pain Relief, 24 July 2016
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I've used other products in the HoMedics home massage range, as I am prone to aches and pains that they are pretty good for treating. Unlike previous handheld massagers I've used though, this is mains powered rather than having an internal rechargeable battery. In exchange for being slightly less portable though, this has plenty of power in the motor and is very good at getting focused massage to acutely sore muscles. There are three different heads included which are fairly easy to replace, though you need a good grip to hold then twist them off. Being a shiatsu style massager the range of intensity settings are all on the strong side, so whilst this is great for someone like me with aches in my larger muscles, anyone of a smaller build might find it causing some bruising. The unit itself is also fairly weighty, so if you have a very slight grip or struggle with your hand strength, this might be a bit on the large size for comfortable use.


Colgate ProClincal Pocket Pro USB Rechargable Electric Toothbrush
Colgate ProClincal Pocket Pro USB Rechargable Electric Toothbrush
Price: £43.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Brushing, 21 July 2016
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This is a handy electric toothbrush that would work fine in your bathroom at home, but really suits being used for travel or for holidays. I'm used to the Phillips range of toothbrushes, so I was initially a little skeptical about how this would compare. As it happens the motor fares pretty well and my mouth feels perfectly clean after use. The battery is also better than I expected, with it only needing charging every few days. What is most handy though is the USB charger. As someone who travels a lot with work, there are never enough power points in hotel rooms. Being able to pop this into a USB charger saves me on the number of adaptors I have to stuff in my suitcase. I would perhaps like to see a broader range of toothbrush head shapes available in this range, but perhaps over time this might improve.


Scotch 19 mm x 8.89 m Magic Tape Dispenser Cat dispenser and Tape
Scotch 19 mm x 8.89 m Magic Tape Dispenser Cat dispenser and Tape

3.0 out of 5 stars Kitty Tape, 19 July 2016
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This is a fun sticky tape dispenser that will brighten up your office or desk. This comes in one of two colours (I have the black cat) and it is posed holding the reel of sticky tape between its paws. Rather disturbingly you have to pull the cat's arm off to replace the tape as that is where the holder clips open to pop the old tape out and the new tape in. However, luckily for the cat it is easily replaced when the new tape is fitted. This is more useful that not having any tape dispenser at all as it makes it much easier to get hold of a new strip of tape and tear it off when needed. However, unless you're really into cats you might be better off getting a regular designed tape holder that was a bit more rugged and less likely to show bumps and scratches.


Salter Black Ultimate Accuracy Analyser Bathroom Scale
Salter Black Ultimate Accuracy Analyser Bathroom Scale
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Digital Scale, 16 July 2016
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This is a lightweight set of digital bathroom scales which takes a number of different readings as well as the usual weight measurement Taking it out of the box, I was surprised how little this weighs itself, it is a slim device and the outer edges are only broken up by the buttons tucked away under the rim of the scale on the right hand side. The first thing I needed to do was to add the four riser pegs underneath to allow the scale to work on a carpet but once done I was ready to go. As well as measuring body weight, it measures body fat, water mass and BMI. All of which are useful to monitor if you are even only a little health conscious. The LCD screen is large and clear, though it took me a while to remember which order the measurements cycle through as the icons are a bit small for my bleary eyes first thing in a morning. Individual user profiles can be stored, though as I am the only person using this I haven't had a chance to track multiple users over time. However, for my profile, this has remained fine. Bluetooth synchronisation would have been a good feature, but otherwise there is nothing else this scale is lacking.


Vax U85-ACLG-BA Air Cordless Lift Solo Upright Vacuum Cleaner, 1 Litre, Graphite/Blue/Black
Vax U85-ACLG-BA Air Cordless Lift Solo Upright Vacuum Cleaner, 1 Litre, Graphite/Blue/Black
Offered by Daves-Bargains
Price: £129.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight Cleaner, 11 July 2016
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This is a cordless, upright vacuum cleaner - similar to other models I have used from Dyson or Vax in the past. However, what I like about this is that it is very convenient for moving up and down the stairs in my house, as it is neither too heavy or cumbersome to carry about. The battery pack isn't huge either and gives a god half an hour or so of power before it needs recharging. You could have buy a second batter if you need to clean for longer and have it on charge, but if your house is that big you might be better off getting a corded cleaner rather than relying on batteries. Suction is also good, I don't have pets, so I haven't tried this with but everyday dust and dirt is no challenge at all for this. A handy and lightweight cleaner.


Hot Diamonds Clear Crystal Rose Gold Plated Bracelet of 19cm
Hot Diamonds Clear Crystal Rose Gold Plated Bracelet of 19cm
Price: £99.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Gold Plated Bracelet, 7 July 2016
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This is a gold plated bracelet that won't break the bank, but it doesn't feel like the best made piece of jewelry I've ever handled. The packaging is plain, so if you are intending to give this as a gift you should consider purchasing something else to box it in. The chain itself is light and should be fine for occasional use, though this might be a little delicate if you're looking for something you can wear on a daily basis. The clasp fastens fine, and should hold up to normal use.


Nivea Men The Ultimate Collection Prepared Gift Pack - 5 Pieces
Nivea Men The Ultimate Collection Prepared Gift Pack - 5 Pieces
Price: £35.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Packed and ready to go, 25 Jun. 2016
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This is a gift set of shaving and washing products designed for men from the Nivea range. If you like the Nivea mens range, then this is a convenient selection including shower gel, shaving balm, deodorant and more. They are also all in their full sizes, not the tiny travel/sample size sets that some gift collection use. The most notable inclusion is the faux brown leather bag that they are presented in. This is by no means a rugged or exceptionally well made bad, so don't expect to get years of use out of it. However, as an added extra to bundle it all in, you can't complain too much. It even has a shoulder strap as well as the main handle and it fastens with two magnetic buttons. Buy this for the products rather than the bag and you won't be disappointed.


Babyliss Pro Super Motor Clipper
Babyliss Pro Super Motor Clipper
Price: £84.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Cuts to the quick, 25 Jun. 2016
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I've been having DIY haircuts for a number of years now and though domestic clippers are usually fine for the job, they do all wear out after a while. There are a significant upgrade for me, as they are a semi-pro set that - admittedly - are probably higher spec than I need for my regular short back and sides, but they are built like a tank so will probably serve me for years to come. The metal body and grip of the unit, as well as its weighty feel immediately make you realise that you've got a sturdy piece of kit here. They cut very well, as you'd expect - though I haven't tried any complex styles. They are also quiet, not silent of course, but the sound of the motor is neither irritating or distracting when in being used. I could do with a carry case or holder for it, as I haven't anywhere to hang the unit when not in use, but otherwise I have no complaints.


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