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Public Service Improvement: Theories and Evidence
Public Service Improvement: Theories and Evidence
by Rachel E. Ashworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.49

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent academic resource, 23 April 2012
I ordered this because it turned up on an academic search on the subject of partnership working. It is an academic style book, but written in acessible chapters and not too daunting. The section on Leadership is particuarly pertinent given the current debate on special advisers and the civil service (or political and managerial leaders as Petrrovsky has it). Quotes from this book certainly appearing in my teaching some time soon! ...now to follow up all the many interesting references...

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The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume
The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume
by Josh Kaufman
Edition: Paperback

28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite live up to the hype..., 14 July 2011
'A world-class business education in a single volume'... a big claim on the front cover, and one that is only partly fulfilled. Once I'd forgiven Kaufman his very extensive rant against the formal MBA programmes (one which is very geared towards the uber-corperate USA model and ignores the much more valuable workplace based experience of many of us who have done UK based MBAs) I did enjoy the broad range of subjects covered, and the concise breakdown of a variety of management theories and concepts. It is a very simple and simplistic approach to a complex subject, and does pack a huge amount of material into a relatively short and readable form. Kaufman is a huge fan of 'book based learning'; this work is result of a serious amount of time spent trawling and cherry picking from the best literature, articles, blogs, and research. He's done a lot of the hard work here for us; the list of suggested reading looks very impressive and interesting.

My criticism of the book, is that there's very little real life application. It's very thin on case studies, or encouragement to apply to your own situation... ironically it was this element that I loved the most in my 'real' MBA experience. And for a man who loves his 'book learning', there is an annoying lack of academic referencing to the many useful theories and concepts that he presents. Evidence as to which of these theories might be more useful or proven is also lacking - but Kaufman's own intuition for these things seems to be good, and certainly has earned him a lucrative career! One thing that Kaufman admits to creating himself, and an exception to my criticism about lack of application, is the excellent exercise right at the end of the book '49 questions to improve your results' which is a polished model of reflective practice.

In summary: a good read, a good introduction to a panoply of management concepts, a fantastic resource to crib from if you're doing consultancy type work, a good refresher if you're feeling a little stale in you're own management practices and want some new ideas - but really no substitute for a properly applied MBA programme where you engage with real people in the real world.


My First Signs: BSL (Baby Signing)
My First Signs: BSL (Baby Signing)
by Annie Kubler
Edition: Board book
Price: £3.99

127 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.. this really works!, 1 Dec. 2006
My baby twins have just turned one, and after half hearted attempts at signing with them for the past few months, they have just started joining in! It is so amazing to realise that they really understand even though they are so tiny, and already it's stopping tantrums when i know what they're actually asking for. This week they were able to ask their Grandma for milk! They love being understood and are really proud of their achievements. The book itself is brilliant, really good to look at, and easy to understand; the babies enjoy sitting and 'reading' it... having now been totally converted to baby signing, I'm ordering the rest of the set, and am determined to do more with them. Commend the BSL approach, as it makes sense to give them a basis with which to communicate with others later in life, rather than use ASL, effectively a `foreign' language. Highly recommended.
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Breakfast With God, Vol. 2
Breakfast With God, Vol. 2
by Gerard Kelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only way to start the day, 19 Nov. 2002
Having found the first volume of this an amazing encouragement, I was really pleased that the 2nd book is as interesting, fun, thought provoking and sound. Check out the 'coffee' for an instant hit to get you going, or look up the references in the 'full breakfast' section to give you more nourishment. Ideal for a quick read on the train to work (my preferred option) or as a quick 'snack' at any point in the day. Guaranteed to inspire and encourage you to get to know Jesus more every day - and that's got to be worth £3.99!


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