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Brings nothing new to the table
on 20 February 2014
I can see that I am out of sync with other reviewers but I have to be honest and say that I found nothing new in this book that hasn't been written a hundred times before. The best part of the book is the recommended reading list - I totally agree with books they mention, many of them business classics.
The book starts with lots of recommendations from Chairmen and Directors, but I have the suspicion that they are not judging the book alone but have personal knowledge of the authors, perhaps having used them as consultants. This may well be where they earn their reputation but a book without the personal support of seminar etc, is mundane.
The advantage of the book is its size- easy to put in a briefcase or pocket and read while commuting or waiting for meetings to start. There are things to jog the memory and check own performance against - maybe other reviewers found a "hotspot" that made it pertinent to them. I confess that I have recently retired, so my read was academic whereas, previously I would have been hungry to find things to enliven my coaching of managers. Many years ago, as a novice manager, I devoured a book "The Sphere Handbook of Management" (I think I have recalled correctly), which was a godsend in the days where we had no training to become managers. Today I would be more likely to read biographies of leaders and also watch the good training clips on the internet. With smart phones and tablets, this may well be the direction for managers to take, to develop their skills. But if it must be a book, I strongly recommend a browse to see if it delivers.